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An event that marks a change for fashion related to the green transition. This is the first roundtable on fashion policy in Brussels that took place in the early morning hours of Wednesday 7 June. The fashion industry is at “a tipping point,” I saidThe coordinator of the European Parliament’s Research and Industry Committee, Christian Ehler during the meeting in the European Parliament of theEuropean Fashion Alliance (EFA). Established in Frankfurt in June 2022 and comprising 23 countries, the alliance aims to strengthen a thriving European fashion ecosystem and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable, innovative, inclusive and creative future. “Until now we had no interlocutor in fashion,” emphasizes Ehler. In fact, the proposals had only been put forward by individual countries. «Me and Pascal Morand (President of the Fédération de la haute couture et de la mode, ed.) – said Carlo Capasa, president of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion (Cnmi), we held individual meetings, but we understood that in order to have “weight”, we had to form a European body to have an institutional voice to confront each other”.

During the meeting, EFA presented its views and ambitions regarding the forthcoming European fashion legislation. “You are important, both to your industry and to the creativity it exudes and I want to thank you for that,” he said Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market of the European Commission,— there are many changes you need to adapt to and you are directly involved in all of our policies. We want to understand how we can help you take this big step towards transition together.” 3.2 billion have been made available by Europe for a research program in the creative industry that is not just about fashion, however, another billion will be added at the end of this year for a program on textile research. Ehler launched an invitation to fashion companies: «The money is there and already available, send in your projects».

One of the main corrections that would be included in the Regulation on Ecodesign for Sustainable Products (Relugation Ecodesign for Sustainable Products – ESPR, which will be voted on in parliament on June 20there are the regulation of fast fashion and the definition of the concept of sustainability, put forward by Capasa. The president of CMNI would indeed like that implemented two points of the European Parliament’s resolution of 1 June on the EU strategy for textiles and circular products: on the 9th, which “invites the Commission and Member States to take measures to end fast fashion, as current levels of production and consumption are unsustainable”, explained Capasa, and on the 40th, which ” the Commission and the MEP suggest ensuring that the textile policy framework takes a holistic view of sustainability, including the physical and emotional durability of textile products placed on the market, describing clothing designs that take into account long-term relevance. In Europe “we are working on advanced sustainability regulations, but I don’t see the same sensitivity in the rest of the world. We have to face the fact that many products are imported. These too should be subject to similar regulations, otherwise there is the risk of dumping. There is only one planet and we all have to work together,” said Capasa.
Other aspects addressed that we would like to include in the Council Regulation are the definition of stock, in terms of end of life of a product, and the introduction of a digital passport for traceability, but to protect trade secrets.

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