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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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Chemical firms call for review of ZDHC programme 14 May 2018

A group of nine leading textile dye and chemical companies is calling for the industry to align behind one discharge standard for the elimination of hazardous chemicals in the supply chain, voicing concerns the ZDHC Foundation may not fulfill its intention to drive the sector towards convergence.


Businesses urge swift ratification of EU-Vietnam FTA 18 Apr 2018

A group of business associations, including Amfori and the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), have joined forces in urging the European Commission to ratify and implement the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement as soon as possible.


EU to continue consultation on imposing US duties 26 Mar 2018

The European Union (EU) looks set to continue ongoing procedures to impose retaliatory safeguard duties on American clothing exports over the US’s imposition of protective duties on steel and aluminium imports even though Washington has now suspended the EU from these tariffs until 1 May.


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.