About the conference

Dear Guest,

We are pleased to invite you to join the workshop on Increasing the capacity of research and innovation in the EU textile industry, organised by the Commission as part of the consultation activities in preparation of the EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles.

The EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles aims to pave the way towards an innovative, competitive, carbon neutral and sustainable textiles sector. This thematic workshop will gather input from the stakeholders to help the European Commission prepare and deliver the Strategy.

Topic: Increasing the capacity of research and development in the EU textile industry, which would support the Covid-19 recovery and improving the competitiveness of the industry.


  • Investigating the current support initiatives for research and development(R&D) in the EU textile industry, identifying the bottlenecks, and find solutions to tackle these challenges.

  • Relevant policy options for the future Sustainable Textiles Strategy on the above issues.


  • Get an overview of the existing R&D support initiatives in the EU textile industry, to identify the areas that are being successful, and the areas that would need higher support in the future.

  • Understand the strategic needs of the textile industry in the upcoming future, identifying the different challenges and barriers the current R&D support programs are facing, and the reasons behind them.

  • Identify the successful tools for the EU to use for supporting R&D in the textile industry, and find any additional initiatives that could be used in the future.

  • Identify the roles of different actors (public institutions, industry actors, investors, financial organisations, research institutions, etc.) in these support processes.