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					BROs an effective helping hand
      for their members
 in economically challenging
            times?
     Split, 29 – 30 June 2009
1. Importance of the textile/clothing and
   leather sectors
2. BSP and the textile/clothing and leather
   sectors
3. BSP III: SEETAL
4. SEETAL & the global crisis
  •   The National Associations response to the crisis
  •   Seminar recommendations
5. Results of 10 years of cooperation
6. BSP IV: the future
       EU-27 Textile-Clothing & Leather
               sectors in 2008


Turnover billions €                       209,0
Employment 1000 pers.                 2.383,3
Added Value billions €                   62,0
Companies                             143.727
Investment billions €                     5,8
Extra-Eu exports billions €             40,26
Investment/Turnover                     2,8%
Employee/Company                           17
              Textile-Clothing
                  in 2008

  Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Turkey (Textile)
Turnover billions €                         11,4
Employment pers.                        784.149
Companies                                23.782
Investment billions €                      1,39
Investment/Turnover                      12,2%
Employee/Company                             31
2000-2002




       2003-2005




                   2008-2009
         BSP in the Textile, Clothing
           & Leather industries
    2000-2002                    2003-2005
 PARTEX & SEETEX                 Perfect-link
Euratex                    Euratex
Finland and Spain          COTANCE
8 Textile/Clothing         15 Textile/Clothing and
associations in:           Leather associations in:
Poland, Lithuania,         Poland, Lithuania,
Estonia, Czech Republic,   Estonia, Czech Republic,
Hungary Romania,           Hungary, Romania,
Slovakia, Slovenia         Slovakia, Slovenia, Latvia,
                           Bulgaria
      BSP in the Textile, Clothing
        & Leather industries

               2008-2009 SEETAL

Euratex
COTANCE
7 textile/clothing and leather associations in

  Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania & Turkey
               BSP III: SEETAL

                      The results
• 18 training courses,
• material in the national language on relevant acquis
  subjects,
• 360 managers trained,
• 6 specialised seminars,
• articles published in 3 publications/association
                   Lessons learned
• the network will remain in place
• … will contine to deliver service
• the results of previous projects were used and built upon
  by subsequent projects
       SEETAL & the global crisis


          SEETAL reaction
Survey & seminar on:
 the effects of the crisis on access to
credit and employment,

 the experiences of Associations in
developing counter-acting measures.
           SEETAL & the global crisis


    The results of the survey on credit access
- Access to credit had worsened
- Level of guarantees required by banks is over
  150% of the value of loan,
- Avoid to deal with banks!
- Delayed taxation the best way to raise
  immediate liquidity to cover working capital
  needs.
         SEETAL & the global crisis

  The results of the survey on employment

• Companies preferred to:
   – avoid drastic cuts,
   – reduce working hours and wages
• rather than losing workers, skills and
  competencies,
• Companies need targeted help from their
  governments such as subsidized short-time working
  week
        Lack of Reactions from Public
                     Authorities!
                The BRO’s response

        The example of Slovakia (BSP I&II)
  Slovak Social Partners proposed:
• more effective use of EU structural funds,
• expansion labour force education and training
  programmes, in line with sector needs!
• more effective prevention of illegal imports,
• temporary waiving of Labour Code provisions &
  minimum wage,
• reduction of fiscal and labour tax,
• support to access to credit, through subsidized
  guarantee schemes and/or subsidized interest rates,
• state role in energy pricing, public procurement.
        The National Associations response

        The example of Bulgaria (BSP III)

BAPIOT & other associations proposed to:
• reduce administrative burden
• improve legislative framework
• revisit public procurement contracts,
• introduce partial compensation for part-time workers
• introduce measures to counteract bias against
  textile/clothing sector in credit institutions,
• fund activities promoting the competitive
  advantages of Bulgaria producers,
• improve Customs controls against illegal imports.
                Seminar
            Recommendations

               Access to Credit
1. Better circulation of information on existing credit
   schemes  Associations role towards SMEs
2. Sectoral bias in granting loans to companies 
   Need for credit schemes that favour the
   neglected sectors.
3. Need for increased support to export insurance,
4. Fiscal policy as a source of finance.
               Seminar
           Recommendations
           Social aspects
1. Support companies in retaining workers 
   subsidized short-time working arrangements.
2. Retains skills and knowledges until the
   economy picks-up again.
3. Reduced labour taxes  increase immediate
   liquidity.
4. Funding of extensive training and re-training
   programmes of employees
5. Support introduction of new technologies &
   innovation.
                  Seminar
              recommendations
                      General
1. Better Customs regulations and increased controls.
2. “Legal” imports represent an additional problem 
   need applying same requirements for products
   produced and imported in the EU.
3. Better rules & better enforcement of rules.
      The role of associations must be
          supported & strengthened
       Acquis not easy to implement
          (Learning curve at the beginning)
      Results of 10 years of cooperation
           Efficient representation

European Parliament             National Assoc.
                     Euratex
                     Cotance
Commission                       Council EU level
     Branch Assoc.
   Technical/Political expertise, Information
      flow and Coherence, Neworking &
            marketing techniques
         Results of 10 years of
             cooperation

 Textile/Clothing/Leather sectors and the BSP
                 in Europe
Integration in a Europe-wide network.
Better representation of the interests of the
 industries.
Mutually reinforcing support at national
 and EU level.
          Results of 10 years of
              cooperation
 Textile/Clothing/leather sectors and the BSP
          in the target countries

• Set-up of a network of local suppliers of
  expertise/knowledge
• Increased profile vis-a-vis local authorities
• National Associations’ skills development
        BSP IV: the future

1. Continue capacity building work with
   BROs in BSP III countries


2. Resume BROs strengthening work in
   BSP I & II countries
            BSP IV: the future

  In BSP I, II, III challenges ahead mean:

• Improve                    • Organizational
  competence                   capacity
  development                  building
Acquis need to be better     structure, governance,
 understood & integrated,     funding, etc
 training, access to info,
 etc
       International networking
             Experience sharing
EuroMediterranean Area




               Market: > 800 millions
                   consumers
       BSP IV: the future
3. Extension of the scheme as part of the
   EU neighbourhood and EU-Med
   partnership policies to in partners:
    • Balkan,
    • Mediterranean &
    • Future FTA’s (i.e.Ukraine)
        Future in a nutshell

1. Continue capacity building work with
   BROs in BSP III countries
2. Resume BROs strengthening work in
   BSP I & II countries
3. Extension to the EU neighbourhood
   and EU-Med partnership policies
4. SAME CONTENT using BRO’s
   as privileged integration tool
Thank you
Francesco Marchi
 Director General - EURATEX




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