The textiles and clothing industry in the Euro-Mediterranean area
Textiles and clothing has a long tradition in the Euro-Mediterranean area (EU and Mediterranean partner countries and the Western Balkans). The manufacture and the export of textile and clothing products, as the second most-traded goods (after oil and gas) and a priority sector in the region, are a factor in economic development and political stability in the Mediterranean partner countries. The value of trade in the textile and clothing industry in the Euro-Mediterranean area reaches €35 billion a year. Around 35% of all EU exported textiles go to the region.
Although our Mediterranean partners and the Western Balkans already have a strong manufacturing base in textiles and clothing, there is a need to develop the sector into a more competitive, value-added, innovative and knowledge-based industry. So it is the right time to focus on the innovative and creative aspects of textile and clothing industries to help deliver results such as a deeper industrial partnership and better jobs as part of the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue on the textile and clothing industry.
The Euro-Mediterranean dialogue on the textile and clothing industry
The Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue on the textile and clothing industry was launched at the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Meeting on Industry in Caserta, Italy in 2004. It has since been conducted successfully as the only sector-based industrial dialogue with Mediterranean partner countries.
The Dialogue provides a platform for an exchange of experiences and information on available instruments and initiatives to improve the competitiveness of the textile and clothing industry across the Euro-Mediterranean area.
The participants represent national administrations, industrial associations, chambers of commerce, enterprises, trade unions, research and educational centres involved with textile and clothing sector from the entire pan-Euro-Mediterranean area. The 49 contracting parties to the Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean rules of origin are EU countries, our Mediterranean partners and, since 2013, countries from the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the Western Balkans.
The Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue is given as an example of successful sectorial industrial cooperation in documents on the European Neighbourhood Policy and in the activities of the Working Party on Euro-Mediterranean Industrial Cooperation.
In the context of the Dialogue, the European Commission services have organised the following events:
- Conference: Digital integration, energy and resource efficiency in the textile and clothing industry in the Euro-Mediterranean area, 27-28 April 2015, Krakow, Poland
- Creativity, Design, Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights in Textile and Clothing Industry in the Euro-Mediterranean Area, 24-25 March 2014, Florence, Italy
- Skills development and social dialogue in textile and clothing sector in the Euro-Mediterranean Area
10-11 April 2013, Valetta, Malta
- Challenges and opportunities for the textiles and clothing sector in the Euro-Mediterranean Region
12-13 March 2012, Milan, Italy
- Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Technical Textiles and Innovation in the Euro-Mediterranean Region
11 March 2010, Brussels, Belgium
- Euro-Mediterranean Workshop on Textile and Clothing – Capacity Building of Social Partners in the Euro-Mediterranean Region
24-25 November 2009, Brussels, Belgium
- Plenary meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue on the Future of the Textile and Clothing Sector
11 December 2008, Brussels, Belgium
- Mediterranean Workshop on 'Impact of REACH on textiles and clothing suppliers in Mediterranean partner countries' 27 October 2008, Istanbul, Turkey
- Euro-Mediterranean Conference 'Research and Innovation in Textiles and Clothing' 6-7 September 2007, Cairo, Egypt
- Euro-Mediterranean Conference 'Textiles and Clothing Sector at the Time of Globalisation: Managing Structural Changes and Remaining Competitive' 12 June 2007, Istanbul, Turkey
- In 2006, a Report (154 kB) on the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue on the future of the textiles and clothing industry provided to the Ministers at Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference in Rhodes. The report included a number of project proposals for development of textile and clothing industry in the Euro-Mediterranean Area:
- Emedtexnet (45 kB)
- Fashion city (29 kB)
- Mode Tech Euromed (49 kB)
- Protection of intellectual property rights and fight against counterfeiting (84 kB)
- EU-Med website for research and innovation (87 kB)
- Database of trainers (26 kB)
- Training of trainers-workers (39 kB)
- Annual conference on R & I (39 kB)
- Distribution cluster (56 kB)