On 14 October 2016, the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is organising a high level event on “Attracting investment and upgrading skills in textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries: Good Practices in European Regions“.
The event falls under Juncker’s Investment Plan. In this context, the European Commission created a Smart Specialisation Platform on Industrial Modernisation to provide hands-on support to regions in order to attract investment related to industrial modernisation and skills. The ultimate aim is to create an investment pipeline of mature projects in new growth areas with the support of different EU investment instruments (e.g. the European Structural and Investment Funds, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and the EIB).
An important factor in the success of the economic modernisation and growth is an adequate set of relevant skills. Within the framework of A New Skills Agenda for Europe, under the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills, 6 industrial sectors have been selected. These include textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries to deliver sector-specific skills solutions, which will be financed under Erasmus+ and COSME.
The event is dedicated to the exchange of views on existing regional initiatives about smart specialisation under Juncker’s Investment Plan and the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills.
The target audience of the event includes regional and local authorities involved with EU funds as well as stakeholders in textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries (namely companies), industrial associations, research, innovation and education centres.
The main objectives of the event are:
- to share experiences on regional initiatives related to technological development, innovation, clusters and upgrading skills in textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries;
- to develop interregional cooperation synergies among the stakeholders in the textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries (public authorities, companies, research centres, industrial associations, education centres);
- to promote better use of EU funding opportunities by the stakeholders in order to boost the competitiveness of the aforementioned industries.
Go to DG Growth’s event page.