The pivotal role of regional cooperation for the long-term growth of the European textile and clothing sector

EURATEX brings together entrepreneurs and local authorities for its annual Convention in the heart of the Valencian textile cluster.

The 7th EURATEX Convention, organised on October 24, 2018 in Ontinyent (Valencia, Spain) by the Consejo Intertextil Español (CIE), gathered over 200 participants from the textile and apparel sector, as well as prominent figures from regional and national representations. Hosted for the first time in Spain, the event was an opportunity to exchange views and present  approaches  for regional collaboration, to encourage the development and modernization of the fashion and textile industries.

As highlighted by EURATEX President Klaus Huneke inhis opening speech, “with over 170,000textile and clothing companies in the EU, most of which have less than ten employees, it is fundamental to work together at local, regional and European level. This is a unique strength that allows our sector to tackle its three biggest challenges – namely skills,  digitalisation and sustainability – and benefit from international market opportunities”. EURATEX has indeed focused its efforts and priorities to successfully achieving these goals.

Spanish Member of European Parliament, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero, praised the textile and clothing sector for “setting an example for all other industries”, as she called for even more collaboration initiatives at EU level.