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4th December 2013, London

Update on roadmap for EU fashion and high-end industries

Alberto Paccanelli, President of Euratex, thanked VP Tajani for the work carried out since the decision taken in February 2013 to provide a clear roadmap to this industry. © EuratexEuratex, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, has attended a high-level lunch organised by Walpole, the British Luxury association, where the action plan for implementation of the European strategy for fashion and high-end industries by 2020 was discussed. The resultant Action Plan is available for download at the foot of this article.

The plan was presented by European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani at the event, attended by key stakeholders and sectors of the fashion and high-end industries.

Successful competition

Alberto Paccanelli, President of Euratex, thanked VP Tajani for the work carried out since the decision taken in February 2013 to provide a clear roadmap to this industry following the 26 September 2012 Staff Working Documents on Fashion and High-end industries.

He said that the most important objective is to create an environment in which the companies operating in the various industrial value chains are able to operate in the right conditions so to be able to successfully compete in a globalised world. “Today agreed roadmap for future initiatives is an important step in recognising the important contribution our industries are making to Europe prosperity,” he said.

Innovation and inspiration

Vice-President Tajani highlighted the importance of the identified tangible initiatives at EU-level to support the development of the fashion and high-end value chains. “European Fashion and High-end industries are known throughout the world for their creativity, high-quality manufacturing, innovation and inspiration stemming from Europe's rich culture. Today, all operators are committed to ensuring that fashion and high-end manufacturing sectors continues to prosper as key pillars of European industry.”

The action plan for future initiatives is the result of a wide consultation among all stakeholders active in the industries and provides a number of concrete initiatives to be undertaken in the upcoming years in order to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness in the fashion industries.

Maximising benefits

Paccanelli also emphasised: “The fashion industries should all remain vigilant that those actions would become tangible reality also in the context of the next Commission.”

“We should all work to maximise the benefits from the actions proposed and present, when needed, the best projects possible in a coordinated way in order to reach those goals.”

Download the EU Fasion and High-end Industries Action Plan

www.euratex.eu

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