Textile chiefs in India and Europe have formed a special joint working group to review all tariff and customs procedures in a bid to improve market access.

The group, which has been set up by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Euratex, will submit a report on mutually-workable tariff reductions and other market access conditions at the fourth EU India Summit in 2003.

The CII said in a news release the group will look to establish marking and labelling provisions and attempt to agree on bilateral protection against piracy for all registered textile designs.

A recent study by India and EU said the former was losing market share in the EU partly due to preferential trade conditions for other nations and action was needed if it's to meet its textile and garment export target of $25 billion by 2010.