The European Commission has proposed to maintain the trade measures on solar panels and cells imported into the EU from Asia for two years. Commenting on the disclosure, Oliver Schaefer President of SolarPower Europe, stated "We do not believe this is the correct approach to growing a sustainable solar sector in Europe, and we will look to the Member States to redress some of the inaccuracies reported. Opening ex-officio interim reviews on the minimum import price mechanism is simply tinkering at the edges of a profound issue of European-wide importance."James Watson, Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe, commented "This year 36 European solar associations, representing 120 000 companies and 1.3 million jobs as well as 407 European companies from all 28 EU Member States called on the Commission to end the trade measures. The large majority of European stakeholders want to see the removal of the trade barriers. We now hope that the Member States will be supportive of European solar." Member States are yet to approve the proposed regulation. The European Commission must make its final decision by early March 2017.