Tajani plans to defend European firms internationally
By Ophélie Spanneut | Tuesday 19 June 2012
In the face of increasing counterfeiting, trade barriers and challenges to the online selective distribution system, Commissioner Antonio Tajani (enterprise and industry) has promised to defend the interests of Europe’s fashion companies.
At a recent meeting with leaders of some of the biggest firms in the sector, Tajani provided details on his future action plan to promote the high-end industries, announced in early June (see
The commissioner explained that he intends to ensure protection of European creativity, to promote growth in the digital sphere and to ensure rules of reciprocity and a level playing field for international trade. The strategy will also aim to promote fashion tourism.
The strategy is set to be unveiled this autumn. The aim is to support growth and the competitiveness of European fashion companies by investing in skills, innovation, creativity and excellence.
The fashion sector holds potential for European growth. It employs five million people and accounts for 3% of EU GDP, according to the Commission’s figures. In 2008, there were nearly 140,000 clothing companies in the 27 member states. Effective 8 May 2012, these companies came under Regulation 1007/2001 on the labelling of textile products, which requires labelling of fibre composition and the use of harmonised terms to designate fibres.