European and Japanese Textiles Industries Hand in Hand for the Conclusion of the Eu-Japan FTA

The Textile & Clothing (T&C) industry is a growing industry on worldwide basis. Operating in a
very competitive environment, the EU and Japan are still taking leading roles in developing high
technology and quality of fibres and fabrics as well as in creating high value added apparels and
Both the EU and Japan are key export markets for their respective T&C Industry. In the case of
the EU industry, Japan is the 7th T&C export market reaching almost 1.9 bill.€. For the Japanese
industry, the EU is the 3rd export market reaching almost 0.7 bill.€.

Euratex, the European Textile and Apparel Confederation and JTF, Japanese Textile Federation, maintain excellent
relationship and complementarity activities. The trade structure of T&C between the EU and Japan is
complementary. Under those circumstances, both industries believe that a trade deal would expand the
trade and investment in T&C between the two parties and promote further business development. It would also
build platforms in various types of R&D cooperation, thereby creating new innovations and business

Over the last years, both associations have had deep discussions on the way to reach an
agreement that will benefit companies from both parties. They recently agreed on major issues,
as for tariffs elimination and rules of origin. Mr. Piolat, President of Euratex, emphasized the
EURATEX – the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, is the political voice of the textile and clothing
industry in Europe. Our mission is to create a favourable environment within the European Union for
manufacturing of textile and fashion products. The EU textile and clothing industry, including manmade fibres,
remains an essential pillar of the local economy across the EU regions. EURATEX member federations represent
in the EU some 175,000 companies of an industry with a turnover of €169 billion, employing 1.69 million workers.

importance of the Joint Statement by stating that: “Our Japanese colleagues believe, like we do,
that the rules should be adapted to the structure of our industries and that we both are best
judges of what works for our industries. I am therefore very happy that we can share this Joint
Statement and I urge the negotiators both sides to take it into due consideration”.

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