Euratex has launched its EU-Ukraine Textile Initiative (EUTI), which aims at facilitating cooperation between European and Ukrainian textile and apparel companies. EUTI offers a single contact point for Ukrainian companies who seek support and cooperation with European Union (EU) counterparts, and vice versa.
The connection will be helpful to match supply and demand (e.g. requests for supplies of fabrics), engage in public procurement, offer business-to-business (B2B) support.
The service will be coordinated by the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex), Brussels/Belgium in close cooperation with the Ukrainian Association of Enterprises of Textile & Leather Industry (UKRLEGPROM), Kiev/Ukraine. Olena Garkusha, an experienced manager coming from the Ukrainian textile industry and now based in Brussels, will act as contact point (email@example.com).
EU exports to Ukraine reached €1.3 billion in 2021, whereas imports from Ukraine reached €500 million. There is potential to expand that relationship, both in the short term to respond to urgent needs, e.g. in military and medical fabrics, but also in the longer run; as a partner in the PEM Convention, Ukraine can play an important role in Europe’s textile and apparel supply chain. The proposed suspension of tariffs on imported products from Ukraine by the EU will offer further opportunities.
»Today, we have many textile and apparel companies in Ukraine with expertise and skilled workers; they are able and willing to work with EU, but lack the contacts, customers and supplies. EUTI will help them.«