EURATEX reaches out to Ukraine’s textile industry
BRUSSELS — 9 May 2022 — Today, EURATEX launched its EU-Ukraine Textile Initiative (EUTI), which aims to facilitate cooperation between European and Ukrainian textile and clothing companies. EUTI offers a single point of contact for Ukrainian companies seeking support and cooperation with their EU counterparts, and vice versa. This connection will be useful for matching supply and demand – there are many requests for fabric supplies, for example – engaging in government procurement and offering business-to-business support.
The service will be coordinated by EURATEX in close collaboration with UKRLEGPROM, the Ukrainian Association of Textile and Leather Industry Enterprises. Olena Garkusha, an experienced manager from the Ukrainian textile industry and now based in Brussels, will serve as the contact point ([email protected]).
EU exports to Ukraine reached €1.3 billion in 2021 (13th market), while imports from Ukraine reached €500 million (21st place). There is an opportunity to expand this relationship, both in the short term – to meet urgent needs for military and medical fabrics, for example – but also in the longer term; as a partner of the PEM convention, Ukraine can play an important role in the European textile and clothing supply chain. The proposed suspension of customs duties on products imported from Ukraine by the EU will provide new opportunities.
EURATEX Director General Dirk Vantyghem said: “Supporting the textile industry is our way of helping the Ukrainian people. We encourage our European members to connect through the EUTI and develop lasting partnerships.
Tetyana Izovit, Chairwoman and Director of the Board of UKRLEGPROM, welcomed the initiative: “Today we have many textile and clothing companies in Ukraine with expertise and skilled workers; they are able and willing to work with the EU, but lack contacts, customers and supplies. EUTI will help them.
Posted: May 9, 2022
Source: EURATEX — European Confederation of Clothing and Textiles