France demands EU block Chinese textile surge

25th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 25 (AFP) - France is to make a formal written request to the European Commission for safeguard measures against a surge in Chinese textile products, the ministry of industry announced Monday.

PARIS, April 25 (AFP) - France is to make a formal written request to the European Commission for safeguard measures against a surge in Chinese textile products, the ministry of industry announced Monday.  

It said the request was being drafted by Industry Minister Patrick Devedjian and Foreign Trade Minister Francois Loos and would be sent to the European Union executive commission by Tuesday morning.  

"As the commission has asked, Mr. Loos and Mr. Devedjian are preparing a letter to call for safeguard measures," a ministry spokeswoman said.  

She added that France had already contacted the commission informally but had been asked to receive a request in writing.  

The commission earlier Monday said it expected to be asked by EU member states to consider emergency measures that could speed up the imposition of curbs on Chinese textile imports into the European Union.  

Such imports have surged dramatically since the end of a 31-year-old global quota system on January 1, 2005.

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