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O-0008/2009 (B6-0008/2009)

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PV 02/02/2009 - 15
CRE 02/02/2009 - 15

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Monday, 2 February 2009 - Strasbourg OJ edition

15. Production and employment in the textile and clothing sector in various EU Member States (debate)
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  Corien Wortmann-Kool, author suppleant . − Madam President, on behalf of the Committee on International Trade, I would like to set out what is at stake here.

It is about production and employment in the textile and clothing sector in various European Member States. The European Union and China have agreed to a joint surveillance system relating to exports of certain categories of textile and clothing products from China to European Member States, but this system expired on 31 December 2008.

During the last two years, 350 000 jobs have been lost, and the number of companies was reduced by 5% during the same period. In the light of the growing number of enterprises that are ceasing to operate, or relocating production, leading to an increase of unemployment in several regions, I would like to put the following questions on behalf of the International Trade Committee:

Has the Commission or any Member State proposed or requested the extension of the dual surveillance mechanism beyond 31 December 2008 or any other measures in that framework?

What measures does the Commission intend to adopt to protect production and employment in the textile and clothing sector?

Will the Commission continue to monitor real-time market developments, import statistics and customs monitoring and keep the sector informed of the latest developments?

What is the current situation regarding the proposed regulation on ‘made in’ labels?

What measures have been taken by the Commission to address the proposals adopted by Parliament in its resolution of 13 December 2007?

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