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Industrial Dialogues



The European textile and fashion industry invited the other sectors for ‘Industrial Dialogues’ to find new areas of potential cooperation, identify common challenges and ways to tackle them together.

The half-day event consisted of four ‘Industrial Dialogues’ between the entrepreneurs from different sectors. The conference took place in ‘Stanhope Hotel’ in the European Quarter with the presence of the EU Commissioner for Industry and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska.

Textile and clothing companies are working hand-in-hand with other industries, service providers, consumers and authorities. But the opportunities for making clever and profitable partnerships are not exhausted -  much more can be achieved in unexpected partnerships.



We count on working with other sectors to get the full benefit from international trade

We wish to take good examples to attract young talents to our sector

We are willing to contribute to the circular economy to produce better in Europe

We believe creativity is key for industry and can only be reached in partnerships



10:00 Registration and welcome coffee

10:30 Opening and keynote address by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

11:00 Industrial Dialogues (30 min each including Q&A)

Circular economy

Ietje Klaver from Ecoalf & Isabelle Spiegel, Arcadis

Creative industries

Adam Hainsworth from AW Hainsworth & Sophie Blondel, Sofitel Brussels Le Louise

Education & skills

Armando Branchini, Altagamma & Felix Rohn, European Commission, DG Employment

International trade

Jean-Paul Depraetere, Escolys Textiles & Pierre Conrath, EDANA

12:40 Q&A & closing remarks


Find more deatils in the final Programme, the speakers' bios, photos from the conference and press release.


Hotel STANHOPE, 9 rue du Commerce, Brussels