Joint Statement of ABIT and Euratex on the EU-MERCOSUR FTA

EURATEX, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, and ABIT, the Brazilian Textile Industry, representing the Textile and Clothing (T&C) industries in both EU and Brazil, welcome the negotiations for an important EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The T&C industry is a vivid and global sector in which we believe Europe and Mercosur countries have a key role to play. Our focus is on high quality products manufactured in a sustainable manner under high standards, be it from an environmental, labour and social point of view.

Euratex and ABIT maintain strong cooperation links since many years and we have always been supportive of the conclusion of an FTA.

Over the last months, we have intensified our talks and we have jointly worked on a wide range of topics related to Textile and Clothing trade namely regulatory cooperation, customs procedures, technical barriers to trade, sustainability requirements etc. Tariffs dismantling and rules of origin have also been very much at the centre of thorough and sometimes hard talks.

In order that the EU-Mercosur FTA benefit both parties and increase trade and investments of T&C industries of both sides, Euratex and ABIT made efforts to build together a balanced rules of origin considering the structure of our industries. Therefore, we are happy to share a suggestion from the private sector to both governments with our common views on the Product Specific Rules and Tariff Dismantling to be enshrined in the EU-Mercosur FTA.

We strongly hope that the EU-Mercosur Agreement will be concluded as soon as possible, and we call on the negotiators to pay due attention to our recommendations.

This statement was signed on December 8, 2017 by both Presidents of the regarding Associations, meaning Klaus HUNEKE from Euratex and Fernando PIMENTEL from ABIT.