Legal challenge to EU low-energy bulb duties

Italian lighting company to sue for damages after EU ministers confirm extension of anti-dumping tariffs

An Italian lighting company has promised to sue the EU for damages over a decision to extend anti-dumping tariffs on energy-saving light bulbs imported from China. EU ministers rubber-stamped a European commission proposal confirming the one-year extension on Monday (EED 29/08/07).

Targetti Sankey, which manufactures energy-saving bulbs in China, has already filed a case in the UK challenging the original 2001 decision to impose the tariffs. The company says the commission's anti-dumping investigation was flawed and the decision should be annulled. It has asked a UK tribunal to refer the case to the European court of justice.

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