EU/US: Reveal detail on clothing and textiles in TTIP
The TTIP envisages strengthening of EU-US cooperation in three main areas
The European Commission has given further details of its negotiating positions on clothing and textiles as talks with the US on the TTIP trade deal continue.
The proposals follow publication of the EU’s initial positions on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations in July last year.
Across five areas including clothing and textiles, the papers cover proposals for improving the compatibility of existing rules and regulations, and working more closely together in establishing future rules.
They aim to end unnecessary duplication of product testing and to recognise the respective territories’ existing regulations, or at least to bring them closer together.
For textiles and clothing specifically, the proposals envisage a strengthening of EU-US cooperation in three main areas: labelling, product safety and standards.
Labelling would include the mutual recognition of care instruction symbols and the alignment of names of new textile fibres, while product safety would cover working jointly to clarify the requirements for fabric fire safety.
Product safety would also include aligning the list of substances whose use in textiles is restricted, and the setting of technical standards for protective clothing and other specialist products.
Meanwhile, the US-based National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has made a presentation to the fifth round of the TTIP talks, taking place in Washington, DC this week, calling for a yarn forward rule of origin, and the preservation of US government procurement regulations such as the Berry Amendment.
The presentation followed talks with the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) on the respective groups’ goals with regard to TTIP, as well as the potential to reach a joint US/EU textile industry position on specific TTIP issues.
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