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Latest economic data are a wakeup call to build an ambitious textiles strategy

Brussels, 2 October 2020 – Latest data suggest a situation worse than 2009 as turnover fell by nearly 25% in the textiles industry, and by 35% in the clothing sector. On the other hand, imported textile products from China increased sharply. EURATEX asks the European Union to quickly implement what has been promised and develop…
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EURATEX and AAFA Joint Statement on EU-US trade relations

EURATEX and AAFA note the recent progress in eliminating and reducing customs duties on several American and European products. It is a very positive sign that we would like to highlight in a particularly difficult context for the textile and clothing industry at European, American and even global levels. However, we regret the small scope…
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Impact of foreign subsidies on EU Internal Market

EURATEX welcomes EU initiative and calls for swift implementation Brussels, 30 September 2020 – EURATEX responded to the EU consultation on the impact of foreign subsidies on the EU Internal Market. It welcomes the initiative and calls for a comprehensive instrument which guarantees level playing field, but it is not protectionist and does not discourage…
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Commission President State of the Union – From promise to practice: how will the European Commission deliver on its ambitious promises ?

EURATEX, on behalf of its 160,000 textile and clothing companies, has followed President von der Leyen’s state of the union, presented today in the European Parliament. The Commission President has touched upon a vast range of topics and shown great ambition for a forward-looking Europe. The question remains how to ensure effective implementation of those…
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EURATEX stands for a clear and predictable GSP regulation

Brussels, 15 September 2020 – EURATEX issued a position paper on the revision of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP). EURATEX believes that the scheme should be simple to apply, predictable and encourage exports diversification. EURATEX publishes a position paper on GSP regulation, where it advocates for a series of changes to be considered in…
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EURATEX position paper on the revision of the GSP

EURATEX issued a position paper on the revision of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP). EURATEX believes that the scheme should be simple to apply, predictable and encourage exports diversification. EURATEX advocates for a series of changes to be considered in the forthcoming revision: ·        Trade policies can encourage countries in respecting human, social and…
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EURATEX welcomes the modernisation of the PEM convention

Brussels, 26 August 2020 – The “PanEuroMed” (covering 24 partner countries in the EU’s neighbourhood region) is an important region for the EU, as trade with these countries accounted for €677 billion in 2019. For the EU textile and clothing sector, the region represents 29% of its exports. EURATEX therefore welcomes the Commission proposal to…
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EU Affected Sectors Urge EU and US to End Aircraft Trade Disputes

BRUSSELS – 13 August 2020 Following Yesterday’s USTR announcement and in view of the forthcoming WTO report on the Boeing case, 14 EU associations representing affected sectors call on the EU and US to de-escalate the ongoing aircraft disputes and remove tariffs on targeted sectors not directly related to the aircraft case as a matter…
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JOINT DECLARATION ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE TEXTILE, CLOTHING, LEATHER & FOOTWEAR INDUSTRIES

The European Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear (TCLF) industries are major players of the European Union’s economy, encompassing 200,000 companies, generating over 200 billion Euros turnover, and employing nearly 2 million people in 2019. They are part of the interlinked value chains of fashion and high-end industries, making the EU the world leader in creativity…
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The European textile and clothing industry presents its strategy for the future

European textiles and clothing companies proved to be essential to managing COVID-19 pandemic. A great number converted to or increased the production of PPE. This strategic role though goes beyond the past events, as, without textile materials, we cannot build cars, clothes, machines or buildings. The last months highlighted then the necessity for the whole…
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