Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.
Factsheet for measure EU-2021-22/2004 – measures in European Union
|Country||European Union , applies eu-wide (or beyond)|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 25 May 2021|
|Type||Non-binding recommendations or other texts|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Measures to support a gradual relaunch of work
|Author||Barbara Surdykowska and Eurofound|
|Measure added||10 September 2021 (updated 28 September 2021)|
On 25 May 2021, representatives of employers organisations and trade unions (IndustriAll Europe) in the European sectors: Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) met with the European Commission to discuss the current challenges facing TCLF industries and potential EU action to support sectors and their workers.
After discussions about the terrible (in their opinions) impact of COVID-19 on sectors and the needs for decisive EU action, the social partners adopted a joint statement on expected future industrial strategy for the EU Textiles Ecosystem.
The joint statement highlighted the need for a dedicated strategy with national and EU support to help TCLF sectors survive the COVID-19 pandemic, while they continue to face tough and sometimes unfair global competition. The social partners fully endorsed the EU's ambitions for the ecological and digital transformation of sectors but insist on specific European measures to help industries transform while still suffering from unequal global competition conditions.
Specific joint requests include:
In the assessment of the social partners, special attention should also be paid to the upcoming EU Textiles Strategy, which should fully reflect the needs of the entire textile ecosystem in the EU.
The estimated number of workers concerned is over 2 million.
Other groups of workers
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
EU level social partners
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The initiative is an independent joint reaction of social partners to the difficult situation in the sector. Their further involvement will depend on the reactions of the relevant EU institutions.
Social partners' view on their own initiative is supportive.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C13 Manufacture of textiles|
|C14 Manufacture of wearing apparel|
|C15 Manufacture of leather and related products|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Need for strategy the EU textile sector to survive following the pandemic, measure EU-2021-22/2004 (measures in European Union), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EU-2021-22_2004.html
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