The European Commission (EU) has been putting efforts to adopt the European textile strategy that aims at pushing the apparel and textile industry to become more competitive and sustainable.
EURATEX – the voice of the European apparel and textile industry – has been working since last five years on developing a strategy that will help the industry move towards a sustainable, yet competitive, future.
The Brussels-based organisation has been calling for alignment of EU textile strategy with EU Green Deal and many EU policies such as the new EU Trade strategy, the EU Pact for Skills, and the Sustainable Chemicals strategy, amongst others.
In addition to creating a good balance between sustainability and cost for the industry, EURATEX has also been urging to work on areas like research, innovation and digitalisation, standards, public procurement, market surveillance, global value chain and more.
To make it a success, the organisation believes appropriate governance also needs to be set up that includes legitimate representatives of the industry, policy makers and other key stakeholders.
So, it’s not a surprise to see EURATEX and the Secretariat of the Sustainable, Long-term Investments & Competitive European Industry Intergroup take the initiative yet again to organise the event ‘The EU Textile Strategy: Source of Competitiveness?’
With an annual turnover of €162 billion and 160,000 companies, EURATEX has been focusing on an ambitious industrial policy, effective research, innovation and skills development, free and fair trade and sustainable supply chains.
The event, to be held on 3 June (14:00 to 15:30), will address critical factors for building a competitive European textile industry and also what should be prioritised in the European textile strategy so as to build a new business model that’s based on sustainability, digitalisation and fair trade.
The event will be chaired by Maria da Graça Carvalho, MEP.
Some of the esteemed speakers at the event include Paola Migliorini, Deputy Head of Unit, Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption, DG ENVI, European Commission, Valerie Boiten, Senior Policy Officer, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Judith Kirton-Darling, Deputy Secretary General, IndustriAll Europe, amongst many other industry experts.