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Euratex president’s term extended

Ambitious EU Textile Strategy viewed as a seachange for the industry.

28th June 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Brussels, Belgium


Italian textile entrepreneur Alberto Paccanelli has been re-elected as Euratex president, extending his mandate for two more years until June 2024.

Paccanelli is CEO of the Martinelli Ginetto Group active in high-end home textiles. He is also a board member of Sistema Moda Italia and Confindustria Bergamo.

“With the adoption of the EU Textile Strategy in March this year, the European Commission  has launched a very ambitious journey that will change the nature of our industry,” he said. “It calls for more focus on sustainability and durability, more transparency within the supply chain, more communication with the consumer and also a better level playing field for our European companies, with more investment in innovation, digitalisation and skills development.

“This is a very ambitious agenda which needs to result in a more resilient European textile industry. The coming two years will be critical to translate that vision into specific legislation and concrete programmes. This requires a strong Euratex, to actively contribute to that process. I am honoured to continue leading the organisation and fulfil this challenging task.”

Euratex has elected four other members of the presidency team –Bodo Bölzle (Amann, Germany), Jean François Gribomont (Utexbel, Belgium), Grégory Marchant (UTT, France) and Ismail Kolunsag (Cross Tekstil, Turkey). It has also welcomed new memberships from Ukrlegprom (Ukraine) and Astrico (Romania) and a partnership with Inditex (Spain).

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