Investing in the future of jobs and skills: Textiles, wearing apparel and leather products - Sector report

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21 September 2009
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The European textiles, clothing and leather sector (TCL) lost 40% of its production volume and 40% of its jobs at the same time within a ten year period from 1996. It had to accept continuously rising import shares from low-cost countries – China in particular. The phasing out of the Agreement onRead more

The European textiles, clothing and leather sector (TCL) lost 40% of its production volume and 40% of its jobs at the same time within a ten year period from 1996. It had to accept continuously rising import shares from low-cost countries – China in particular. The phasing out of the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing in 2005 gave a further push to this trend. Mass-production largely disappeared from high-wage areas in the EU while low-cost areas – the New Member States, Portugal and Greece – could keep at least some parts of TCL production. 

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    Investing in the future of jobs and skills: Textiles, wearing apparel and leather products - Sector report

    The European textiles, clothing and leather sector (TCL) lost 40% of its production volume and 40% of its jobs at the same time within a ten year period from 1996. It had to accept continuously rising import shares from low-cost countries – China in particular. The phasing out of the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing in 2005 gave a further push to this trend. Mass-production largely disappeared from high-wage areas in the EU while low-cost areas – the New Member States, Portugal and Greece – could keep at least some parts of TCL production.

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    Investing in the future of jobs and skills: Textiles, wearing apparel and leather products

    The European textiles, clothing and leather sector (TCL) lost 40% of its production volume and 40% of its jobs at the same time within a ten year period from 1996. It had to accept continuously rising import shares from low-cost countries – China in particular. A report is published as part of a series of forward-looking sector studies on new skills and new jobs.
     

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