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June 20, 2022

Euratex re-elects Paccanelli as president

Italian textile entrepreneur, Alberto Paccanelli, was re-elected President of The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) on 17 June, which extends his mandate until June 2024.

By Fi Forrest

Paccanelli is CEO of the Martinelli Ginetto Group, which is active in high-end home textiles and he is also a board member of Sistema Moda Italia and Confindustria Bergamo.  

Paccanelli used his re-election speech to present his vision for the future of the European textiles industry. He said: “With the adoption of the EU Textile Strategy on 30 March, the European Commission has launched a very ambitious journey that will change the nature of our industry: More focus on sustainability and durability, more transparency within the supply chain, more communication with the consumer, but also a better level playing field for our European companies, and more investment in innovation, digitalisation and skills development.

“That is a very ambitious agenda, which needs to result in a more resilient European textile industry. The coming two years will be critical to translate that vision into specific legislation and concrete programmes. This requires a strong Euratex, to actively contribute to that process. I am honoured to continue leading the organisation and fulfil this challenging task.”  

Euratex GA also elected four other members of the Presidency Team: Bodo Bölzle (Amann, Germany), Jean François Gribomont (Utexbel, Belgium), Grégory Marchant (UTT, France) and Ismail Kolunsag (Cross Tekstil, Turkey). During the Assembly, Euratex also welcomed new memberships from Ukrlegprom (Ukraine) and Astrico (Romania), and a partnership with Inditex (Spain).   

Euratex describes itself as the voice of the European textile and clothing industry and wants to achieve a favourable environment within the European Union for design, development, manufacture and marketing of textile and clothing products. 

The organisation recently reached out to the EU-Ukraine Textile Initiative (EUTI), aimed at facilitating cooperation between European and Ukrainian textile and apparel companies. 

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