Somewhat surprisingly, European textile and clothing groups seem to be more interested in opportunities in Asia - in terms of importing textile products (especially after 2004), outsourcing production and even developing markets - than in the Pan Euro Med region. Compared to the flurry of articles on 'the Big Bang' of 2005, relatively little has been written about the ten countries joining the EU on 1 May 2004 - several of which have an important textile and clothing industry. This briefing reviews all the key points for each of the 10 accession states.