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Apparel benefits most from EU GSP trade schemes 30 Jan 2018

A new report into the European Union's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) trade initiative – under which textiles and apparel make up nearly half of all imports – suggests it continues to have a positive impact on developing economies, but that most beneficiaries still have areas requiring further improvement.

EU eyes mandatory due diligence for apparel supply chain 23 Mar 2017

The European Commission (EC) is being urged to bring forward legislation to enhance due diligence for apparel supply chains – and to introduce European Union (EU) tariff preferences and labels for sustainably-produced textiles and garments.

Digitisation to drive new apparel-making models 20 Oct 2016

Clothing manufacturing will be completely transformed by the internet and digital printing over the next five to ten years, according to industry experts speaking in Brussels this week at a conference on European Textiles: Going Digital – Going High-Tech.

EU trade ministers push on TTIP and Canada pacts 20 Sep 2016

Trade ministers appear determined to push ahead with two trade deals being discussed between the European Union (EU) and the US and Canada, despite widespread protests in Germany over the weekend.

EU trade trends show 10% rise in clothing imports last year 30 Jun 2016

The latest EU trade trends point to a 10% rise in clothing imports into the EU-28 last year, with double-digit growth for the top two suppliers, China and Bangladesh.

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Sporting goods industry urges swift ratification of EU-Vietnam FTA 21 Mar 2018

The European sporting goods industry has called for the swift ratification of the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement that will see the removal of more than 99% of tariffs on goods traded between the two economies.

Crocs loses Europe design protection for clogs 20 Mar 2018

US footwear manufacturer Crocs Inc has lost the registered design protection for its well-known shoe in the European Union (EU).

New policies needed to reduce microfibre pollution 19 Mar 2018

A new study says new policies and technologies to substantially reduce release of textile microfibres "are urgently needed."

Euratex in strategic review with new leadership team 16 Mar 2018

The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) is reviewing its role as the voice of the European textile and apparel industry in Brussels, and is parting company with its long-serving director general Francesco Marchi.

NGOs seek legally-binding EU chemicals protocol 12 Feb 2018

Five European NGOs are calling for the implementation of legally-binding protocol on the use of hazardous chemicals to be considered during discussions on a post-2020 global chemicals framework.

EU-wide strategy to enhance textile and clothing skills 7 Feb 2018

A group of public and private stakeholders in the European textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries has joined forces to create an EU-wide strategy to boost skills and attract new workers to the sector.

EU directive will make electronic payments safer 19 Jan 2018

A new EU directive that came into force last week makes it cheaper, easier and safer to make electronic payments in shops and online, allowing consumers to access more convenient, cost-effective and innovative solutions offered by payment providers.

Foreign Trade Association changes name to Amfori 18 Jan 2018

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has changed its corporate name to Amfori, which it says reflects its focus as "the organisation for trade with purpose."

European garment groups unite against microplastics 16 Jan 2018

A group of European industry associations representing the global garment value chain has united to tackle the release of microfibres during the washing of synthetic textiles – one of the biggest causes of microplastics pollution in the aquatic environment.

Bangladesh firm amongst ten new ZDHC affiliates 5 Jan 2018

ACS Textiles Bangladesh is one of the first organisations headquartered in the country to commit to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group as the body welcomes ten new companies.