BEPI and the ZDHC Programme have agreed upon a mutual contribution based around cooperation and scale in pursuit of a systemic change on chemical management in the textile and footwear industry.
In order to keep pace with the increasing importance of bilateral commerce and the vast potential gains from open trade, both entities have to navigate the sensitive issues while at the same time work towards the further opening of markets and removing trade barriers.
An EU-China trade deal would increase by US$200 billion the combined GDP of the EU and China by 2030, according to a study commissioned by FTA to the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
Having agreed on a common vision for the future, the negotiation phase has been concluded, giving way to the final implementation stage of the merger, which will become effective on 1 January 2017.
Report by Chemical Watch on the joint statement by trade organisations about the public consultation on a possible restriction of hazardous substances (CMR 1A and 1B) in textile articles and clothing for consumer use.