Better together: the 2019 EURATEX convention consolidates partnership between the EU and Turkey and outlines future priorities for the textile and clothing sector

Istanbul, 2 October 2019 – European and Turkish entrepreneurs, International experts, designers and policy makers came together today in Istanbul to discuss current and future scenarios in the textile and clothing sector. The discussion focused on the challenges of globalisation, environmental impact and digitalisation, and how such challenges can be turned into opportunities. From trade tensions to circular economy and collaboration between designers and manufacturers, the conference addressed a number of topics that are crucial for both EU and Turkish textile and clothing industries.

The event was organized by the Turkish EURATEX members – TGSD (Turkish Clothing Manufacturers’ Association), TTSIS (Turkish Textile Employers’ Association), IHKIB (Turkish Apparel Exporters’ Association) and ITHIB (Turkish Textile & Raw Material Exporters’ Association) – and gathered over 500 participants. Panels, testimonials and insightful presentations allowed participants to have an overview of the sector in Turkey, and opportunities for collaboration both locally and internationally.

“A strong partnership between the EU and Turkey is crucial for the future of both economic systems”, stated EURATEX President Alberto Paccanelli, also stressing how “a modernised Customs Union between the EU and Turkey can give a fresh boost to our relations, with mutual benefits”.

Under its new Director General Dirk Vantyghem, EURATEX aims at addressing trade barriers and bureaucracy between Turkey and the EU, and at creating a favourable environment for investments in digitalisation, sustainability practices, skills and education programmes.