Following the European Commission’s update of the 2020 New Industrial Strategy: “Building a stronger Single Market for Europe’s Recovery”, the European Social Partners for the Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear (TCLF) sectors came together to call for support through a dedicated strategy. The strategy aims to help guide the TCLF industries through the current green and digital transition, while facing tough global competition, stressing the need to safeguard the industries and protect jobs in Europe.
Following discussions on the impact of Covid-19 on the sectors and the need for a strong EU action, the joint statement: “The future industrial strategy of the EU Textiles Ecosystem (TCLF sectors)” was adopted. It highlights the need for a dedicated strategy with support at national and EU level to help the TCLF sectors survive.
Specific joint demands include: full engagement with social partners in both the recovery and the transition of the industries, support for the EU Pact for Skills for the relevant ecosystem, a revision of the GSP which does not negatively impact the sectors and its workers, support to decarbonize the sectors, careful consideration of the Due Diligence Legislation and quality dialogue with social partners ahead of the EU Sustainable Products Initiative and the Consumer Agenda to ensure that all policy gaps are addressed. Special attention must also be given to the forthcoming EU Textiles Strategy which should fully represent the needs of the EU’s entire textiles ecosystem.