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Attracting investment and upgrading skills in textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries: Good Practices in European Regions

Attracting investment and upgrading skills in textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries: Good Practices in European Regions
Published on: 05/09/2016
On 14 October 2016, the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs organised a high level event on 'Attracting investment and upgrading skills in textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries: Good Practices in European Regions'.
Event date: 14/10/2016
Location: DG GROW Auditorium, Avenue d'Auderghem 45 - 1040 Brussels - Belgium

Over 140 participants from the entire EU 28 (and beyond) representing national, regional and local authorities involved with EU funds, stakeholders in textile, clothing, leather and footwear  industries, namely companies, industrial associations, research and innovation centres as well as education and training providers exchanged their views on existing regional initiatives on smart specialisation in the context of the Investment Juncker Plan and the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills.

The speakers also included high level regional ministers of economy representing Lombardy and Piedmont of Italy, Norte of Portugal, North East Romania, Valencia of Spain and West Flanders of Belgium.

During the event, the participants:

  • shared experiences on regional initiatives related to technological development, innovation, clusters and upgrading skills in textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries,
  • discussed how to develop synergies in interregional cooperation among the stakeholders in the textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries (for instance, the RegioTex initiative put forward by regions specialising in textile and clothing sector)
  • promoted better use of EU funding opportunities by the stakeholders in order to boost the competitiveness of the textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries.

The event was organised in the framework of the Investment Juncker Plan. In this context, the European Commission has created a Smart Specialisation Platform on Industrial Modernisation to provide hands-on support to regions in order to attract investment related to industrial modernization and skills. The ultimate aim is to create investment pipeline of mature projects in new growth areas with the support of different EU investment instruments (e.g. the European Structural and Investment Funds, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)).

An important factor of the success of the economic modernization and growth is an adequate set of relevant skills. Within the framework of A New Skills Agenda for Europe, under the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills, 6 industrial sectors have been selected, including textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries to deliver sector-specific skills solutions, which will be financed under Erasmus+ and COSME.

The presentations during the event included:

Key note speeches:

Presentation by Francesco Marchi, Director General, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX)

Presentation by Carmen Arias Castellano, Secretary General, the European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC)

Presentation by Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano, Secretary General, the European Confederation of the Leather Industry (COTANCE)

Panel 1: Attracting investment for industrial modernization: good practices of cooperation between regions, enterprises and research centres

Presentation by Ionel Arsene, President of Neamt County Council, Romania

Presentation by Ester Silva, Vice-President of the Commission of Coordination and Regional Development of the Region of Norte, Portugal

Presentation by Rafael Escamilla, Head of European Programmes,  the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE), Valencia, Spain

Presentation by Stéphan Verin, Secretary General, the UP-Tex cluster, European Cluster specialised in advanced textile materials, Nord Pas de Calais Picardie, France

Presentation by Alberto Bichi, Secretary General, the Federation of European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI)
 

Panel 2: Upgrading skills - good practices of cooperation between enterprises, education centres and regions

Presentation by Jean de Bethune, Provincial Executive for Economy, Province of West-Flanders, Belgium

Presentation by Bogdan Alexandru Chelariu, Head of Brussels Representation Office of North-East Romania Regional Development Agency, Romania

Presentation by Bill Macbeth OBE, Managing Director, the Textile Centre of Excellence, the United Kingdom

Presentation by Katarzyna Grabowska, President of the Association of Universities for Textiles (AUTEX) and Professor of Textiles, the Technical University of Łód, Poland

Presentation by Meike Tilebein, Professor, the Center for Management Research of the German Institutes for Textiles and Fiber Research (DITF-MR Denkendorf), Baden Wurttemberg, Germany

Presentation by Enrico Bressan, Head of Vocational Training Department, the Veneto Productivity Centre Foundation of Vicenza, Italy

Contact

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