The strategy, to be presented to the European Council of Ministers in July, will include a proposal for research and development measures to be implemented in the areas of new materials and technical textiles. .
We have to build upon our know-how in the traditional sector to develop new high-tech applications,” research commissioner Philippe Busquin said of the plan. .
The EU textile industry can thrive if it invests in new production processes and materials, in innovative design and manufacturing systems and in training and skills. .
The High Level Group will be instrumental in pooling the efforts of key players in identifying a vision and clear strategic research agenda in this field. .
The EU is the world’s biggest textile exporter and second biggest apparel exporter with an annual turnover of about EUR200 billion.