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Euratex with several business groups express their continued support for TTIP negotiations

The undersigned trade associations reiterate their strong support for the ongoing negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Both the European Commission and the U.S. Trade Representative have underlined that the TTIP negotiations remain on track and that intensive efforts are ongoing to conclude an ambitious agreement. Business groups on both sides of the Atlantic remain ready and willing to engage with all stakeholders to support these efforts.......Joint StatementRead more


Response to public consultation on possible restriction of hazardous substances

22 March 2016Read more



Euratex would like to emphasize that the textile and clothing products are part of this one third of industrial goods for which US MFN tariffs are far above 5%, with some peak tariffs (e.g. 11.4% for sewing thread of man-made filaments, 14.7% for woven fabrics of cotton or 28.6% for trousers and 32% for T-shirts). Against this background, rules of origin are a key issue for the EU textile & clothing sector. Simplifying the rules is certainly a good prerequisite but making it adapted enough to the industry patterns will allow EU companies to gain the most benefits from...Read more


New Study on Hazardous Substances in Textile Products - EURATEX-ETAD JOINT POSITION

The undersigned find that the study shows a well-balanced approach to the issue of chemicals and textile and provide a useful general overview of the current situation. The prioritization method is reasonable and based not only on the classification of the substances (as many other studies did in the past) but also on additional aspects like toxicity and estimated consumer exposure.......    

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REACH - Joint Industry Views on the DU Notification for Authorised Uses - Art 66

After an authorisation has been granted for a specific substance and a specific use, holders of an authorisation as well as downstream users referred to it have to comply with some obligations.

According to Art 65 of REACH - The holders and downstream users shall include the authorisation number on the label before they place the substance or preparation containing the substance on the market for an authorised use without prejudice to Directive 67/548/EEC and Directive 1999/45/EC. This shall be done without delay once the authorisation number has been made publicly available in accordance...Read more


EURATEX ‐ ETAD ‐ TEGEWA - Common Position on the Swedish Chemical Agency Discussion Paper for the 16th CARACAL Meeting

“Strengthening the Existing Information Requirements in Reach and Exploring the Possibilities of Labelling Hazardous Substances in Textiles”

In the recently published discussion paper “Strengthening the existing information requirements in Reach and exploring the possibilities of labelling hazardous substances in textiles” the Swedish Chemicals Agency expressed concerns over the potential hazardous substances in textile products and related risks to consumers and called on the labelling of textile products containing hazardous chemicals through the revision of the scope of the Regulation...Read more


Euratex position on Textile & Clothing regulatory issues to be addressed in the TTIP negotiations

Euratex, as the main voice of the European Textile & Clothing industry, welcomes the TTIP negotiations and sees them as an excellent opportunity for facilitating trade to the mutual benefit of European and American companies, in particular SMEs. In a position paper published on 1st October 2014, Euratex has identified various standard-related matters that need to be tackled in the TTIP for T&C products. Among them, labelling requirements cover the care instructions, the fiber names disclosed in a garment composition label and the use of the super S scheme for the labelling of wool...Read more



The European Textile and Clothing industry calls on European and national authorities to put the competitiveness of its industry at the heart of Europe’s economic strategy to provide jobs and economic welfare and to contribute to 20 % of the EU’s GDP by 2020. To achieve this, the EU is in urgent need for a coordinated, consistent, predictable and European industrial framework which encompasses also energy and climate policies...... Read more

EURATEX_Energy_Policy_Position_Paper.pdf220 K


Euratex and American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) joint comments on selected regulatory issues in the context of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).

Copy of the letter with the joint comments on selected regulatory issues discussed among American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and EURATEX ahead of the 3 rd round of negotiation in the context of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).Read more

AAFA_EURATEX_TTIP_Joint_Letter_final_01.pdf116 K


Joint Statement on Promoting the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

Ahead of the EU- Japan Summit in November, on behalf of the Textile and Clothing (T&C) industry in Europe and Japan, EURATEX and Japan Textile Federation (JTF) jointly call strongly on European Union (EU) and Japanese leaders to expedite negotiations for the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

The T&C industry is a growing industry on worldwide basis. Operating in a very competitive environment, the EU and Japan are still taking leading roles in developing high technology and quality of fibers and fabrics as well as in creating high value added apparels and fashion.....Read more

Joint_Statement__on_Promoting_the_EU-Japan_Economic_Partnership_Agreement.pdf395 K

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