Navigation Dropdown
Ongoing projects

Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030

Enhancing the modernisation and competitiveness of the European Union’s Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear (TCLF) sectors.


The project aims to enhance the modernisation and competitiveness of the EU Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear (TCLF) sectors through the development of a sustainable upskilling and reskilling strategy, which is supported by a communication campaign to attract social, economic and political actors.


Find out more about the project, objectives and activities here.


Discover the partnership implementing the project here


Download the project factsheet in English here

Download the project factsheet in all other languages here.


Project duration:

January 2018 – December 2021  

Project website:

Euratex contact:


Digital TCLF

EU TCLF Skills Council: Analysis of Emerging Occupations in a Digital Environment


The project brings together the European textile & clothing, footwear and leather associations and the sectoral trade union organisation to address the increasing need for digital skills of the workforce and to define how these requirements will shape new professional profiles and the corresponding training programmes. The project has already identified 9 emerging digital occupations that are currently or soon to be demanded by the TCLF industries, confirming the urgent need to bridge the digital gap in these sectors. 


Download the project factsheet here.


Project Duration:

December 2016 – November 2018

Project Website: 

Euratex contact:





DeFINE is a three year (2018-2021) collaborative project co-funded by the European Commission’s COSME programme which aims to support the fusion of cutting-edge technologies and innovation with the European fashion and design industries. By bringing together fashion and technology communities, it will encourage innovation, collaboration and growth.

The 10 project partners will develop a network of incubators & accelerators, start-ups & SMEs, and financiers to form a European fashion-technology community where cross-sectoral knowledge will be shared, ideas will grow, and transnational collaboration will be nurtured. A large number of local info-days, hackathons and networking events will be organised across Europe throughout the project.


Project duration: October 2018 – September 2021


Project website:


EURATEX Contact:


A way to value the fashion cultural European heritage for inspiring the (young) fashion designers  

On December 15th, 2016, five project partners hosted by EURATEX in Brussels, Belgium launched the newly ERASMUS+ KA2 project ART CHERIE (Achieving and Retrieving Creativity through European Fashion Cultural Heritage Inspiration).

The objective of ART CHERIE project is to contribute to: the protection and exploitation of the fashion Cultural Heritage; organize and structure it in vocational training courses for the improvement of EU fashion designers (Fashion designers working in T&C Industries and young fashion designers).

The purpose of the developed curricula will be to train EU fashion designers to improve their designs and achieve an increased added value of their garments, by achieving precious knowledge about the past and current state of fashion. Work-based training ICT tools based on fashion cultural heritage is missing from European fashion industry which needs inspiration and learning from a glorious past to add value to its products and boost its international competitiveness. The ART CHERIE platform will respond to design skills and for that scope will concentrate information and digitalize material from Prato Textile Museum as the initial pilot.


Newsletter 1  - July 2017

Newsletter 2  - January 2018

Newsletter 3  - July 2018


Project duration:

December 2016 - May 2019 

Project website: 

Euratex contact:



Textile & Clothing social dialogue CSR Network for European SMEs


The objective of the TeXDR project coordinated by EURATEX is to create a European network of national Social Dialogue experts aiming to spread best practices on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through National Social dialogue members, building capacity in EU Social Partners and in SMEs. This so called TeXDR Network will be composed by national Textile and Clothing Social partners trained on CSR. The main objective of the TeXDR Network will be to facilitate the adoption of CSR best practices by SMEs in 9 European countries, namely, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia, Denmark and Italy.


The stakeholders that are being engaged in the network include Textile and Clothing National Social Partners, SMEs, NGOs and organisations developing standards and certification schemes on CSR, IndustriAll Europe and EURATEX.


Project Duration: January 2018 - June 2019


EURATEX contact:


The RESYNTEX project aims to enhance productivity and competitiveness of textile recycling processes.


RESYNTEX is a research project which aims to create a new circular economy concept for the textile and chemical industries. Using industrial symbiosis, it aims to produce secondary raw materials from unwearable textile waste. The project develops and pilot-tests biochemical processes to recycle waste made of 4 commonly used textile fibres; polyester, polyamide, cotton and other cellulosic fibres, wool.


Project duration: June 2015 - May 2019


Project website:


Want to learn more about RESYNTEX’s innovative research and share your thoughts on the project? Please sign up to the newsletter here.


EURATEX contact:


Project tagline:  Creative Clothing for the Mediterranean Space

Small description of the project: Creative Wear aims at revitalizing the crisis-ridden textile & clothing (T&C) sector through a new attention to creativity, personalized design and artisan and small-scale production, for territorial value chains led by customer-driven business models. The project seeks to recover and valorise the design heritage and "making" knowledge of Mediterranean cultures by bringing renewed creative energy to T&C clusters and industrial districts. It establishes a network of Creative Hubs (one in each region partner) that experiment different ways of supporting cooperation between creatives and enterprises. Pilot testing of these approaches will validate new, more sustainable business models for cultural and creative industries that add value to T&C businesses in the Mediterranean.


Project partnership: Municipality of Prato (Lead Partner, Italy), Prato Textiles Museum Foundation (Italy), University of Valencia (Spain), AITEX Textile Research Institute (Spain), E-zavod (Slovenia), Arca Consortium (Italy), Allium, cooperative so.p Etri community (Slovenia), EURATEX ‘European Apparel aand Textile Confederation (Belgium), Hellenic Clothing Industru Association (Greece), Creative Thinking Development (Greece).


CreativeWear Project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund 


Project duration:

November 2016 - February 2019 

Project website: 

Euratex contact:


New concept for wastewater reuse in the textile industry


Textile mills can reduce their water consumption by up to 90 percent using the EColoRO concept, which consists of electrocoagulation followed by membrane filtration, to treat their wastewater without using chemicals and then reuse it. In June 2015 a European consortium led by the Dutch company EColoRO BV in Leeuwarden and the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT) in Amersfoort, the Netherlands commenced a 3,5-year project to demonstrate the new technology on site at full industrial scale, first at a textile mill in Belgium and later at a textile mill in Italy.


Contact: ISPT, Andreas ten Cate: Andreas.tenCate(at)


Project duration:

June 2015 - November 2018


Project website:



Quick access to:

 • ECWRTI flyer


Press coverage:



Euratex contact:


Life DeNtreat

Some European textile districts rely on digital textile printing. Such technique may require a special pre-treatment of the fabric, which could increase nitrogen content in the waste water. This may result in increase of wastewater processing costs, environmental damage and could impede some wastewater treatment plants from being in compliance with regulations.


A new LIFE+ project aimed at investigating a specialized waste water treatment that is low-cost and sustainable, to address the issue of nitrogen pollution from certain types of digital textile printing.



Project duration: June 2017 – 30 June 2020


Project website: 


EURATEX contact: dunja.drmac(at)


Energy Made-to-Measure is an information campaign designed to promote Energy Efficiency in the European Textile & Clothing companies, notably the Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs)


Latest news:

Calendar of events (update September 2014)

SESEC Report: Energy Efficiency for European Apparel & Textile Companies, December 2014 


Euratex contact: 



eBIZ is the EURATEX-led initiative pursuing the use and greater interoperability of digital communications (e-Business) across the Fashion supply-chain, for companies in the textile clothing and footwear industries.


Project duration:

2008 onwards



Testimonial video 2010

Testimonial video 2014


Quick access to:  


what companies say ?


where to find eBIZ ?


how to get involved


eBIZ brochues in  English Italiano Français - Deutsch - Espagnol - Nederlands - Polski


Euratex contact: