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Skills deficit the top challenge for EU clothing sector 20 Jun 2019

Recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce is the European textile and clothing sector's biggest challenge, according to speakers at the annual general assembly of Euratex, the European textile and clothing industry association. 


Bold policies needed to mainstream sustainable fashion 16 Apr 2019

With a "staggering" 73% of materials used for clothing sent to landfill or incinerated, and less than 1% of the fibres recycled, Ecopreneur.eu, the European Sustainable Business Federation, is calling for decisive policy measures to create a framework to foster the move to a circular fashion economy.


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.

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New ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List launched 27 Nov 2019

The ZDHC Roadmap to Zero initiative has released the second version of its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL), which includes additional chemicals, previously archived substances, and a candidate list of potential future restricted substances – and is described as a "key step towards reducing the use of hazardous chemicals in the industry."


EU-Singapore trade agreement enters into force 25 Nov 2019

The EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement – the EU’s first bilateral trade agreement with a Southeast Asian country – has entered into force, providing Singapore's textiles and apparel exports with duty-free access to the European market.


Groups seek EU human rights law for supply chains 9 Oct 2019

A group of more than 80 global organisations and trade unions are calling for effective EU legislation that would require companies to identify, prevent and mitigate human rights abuses in their domestic and international supply chains.


EU looks to deepen East & Southern Africa trade ties 7 Oct 2019

The European Union (EU) has started negotiations with five Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) countries – including clothing producers Madagascar, Mauritius – to deepen the existing Economic Partnership Agreement to include areas such as technical barriers to trade, IP and sustainable development.


New EU guidance on the use of cords and drawstrings 14 Aug 2019

The European Commission (EC) has published new guidance on the use of cords and drawstrings in children’s clothing, answering a number of questions to help retailers display and style garments correctly. 


PurFi circular fibre process poised for global expansion 7 Aug 2019

A US company that produces high-end yarns and filaments from textile waste streams is set for global expansion after agreeing a new joint venture with a textile manufacturing and finishing firm in Belgium.


EU-Mercosur reach landmark free trade deal 3 Jul 2019

The EU and South American economic bloc Mercosur — comprising Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay — have concluded talks on a trade deal following 20 years of negotiations, a move the representative association for European textiles says will result in much bigger business opportunities.


New Euratex president outlines future focus 20 Jun 2019

Newly appointed European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) president, Alberto Paccanelli, has outlined his vision for the organisation, which includes working with all member organisations to steer the organisation into the future.


Study finds sustainable sourcing front of mind for retailers 12 Jun 2019

Sustainability has been found to be a core factor for EU retailers when it comes to product sourcing, according to findings in a new study by the International Trade Centre.


Industry-wide push for EU circular policy change 31 May 2019

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is to lead an industry-wide effort to kick-start a European policy framework that accelerates the circular economy in the apparel, footwear, and textile industry.