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Second quarterly Newsletter: Textile names and labelling of textile

Legal Acts in the EU in the area of technical harmonization: adopted or proposed during the second quarter of 2010

 

    Textile names and labelling of textile

 

 

PROPOSAL FOR A REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
ON TEXTILE NAMES AND RELATED LABELLING OF TEXTILE PRODUCTS

 

 

-  ongoing discussions
-  Celex No.: 52009PC0031

The text is available on the following websites:

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The main goal of the proposal:
The idea for a revision of Textile Names legislation came to light in recent years as a result of the experience developed with regular technical amendments to introduce new fibre names into the existing Directives. This experience has shown that there was scope to simplify the existing legal framework with potential positive impacts for private stakeholders and public administrations.

The aim is to simplifying and improving the existing regulatory framework for the development and uptake of novel fibres, with a view to encourage innovation in the textile and clothing sector and to allow fibre users and consumers to benefit faster from innovative products. In addition, the proposed revision will also enhance the transparency of the process to add new fibres to the list of harmonised fibre names. At the same time, it will introduce more flexibility to adapt legislation in order to keep up with the needs of the technological developments expected in the textiles industry.

Difficulties, disputed points, state of play:
On the date, there have been already reached at the level of  EU Council Working Party an agreement on the main principles of the proposal (i.e. not to extend at this stage the scope of mandatory labelling requirements which would lead to time-consuming discussions and could therefore jeopardize the main aim of the proposal to simplify and improve the existing regulatory framework) and on the compromise text.

However, the results of the European Parliament 1st reading are out of accord with the Council position, namely as regards the country-of-origin marking, animal derived products marking, information on potential allergies and the range of product for which the labelling is not mandatory.

Discussions with the European Parliament are under way in order to reach an agreement on the controversial topics and adopt the proposal in the 2nd reading.

Time sequence:

30. 1. 2009

Adoption by Commission

2. 2. 2009;

Transmission to Council and to EP

3 Working Party sessions

CZ PRES

4 Working Party sessions

SE PRES

4 Working Party sessions + 1CRP meeting

ES PRES

25.5.2010

Competitiveness Council – information on State of play

18.5. 2010

EP opinion 1st reading

10/2010

Council: political agreement on position expected

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EP plenary session-2nd reading
WP Jurists/Linguists

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Approval – Council

 

Signature by EP and Council
Publishing in OJ EU

Entry into force:

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities. This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Related documents:
European Parliament – The Legislative Observatory:

PreLex – Monitoring of the decision-making process between institutions:

Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee: