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Parliamentary questions
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20 January 2005
by Umberto Pirilli (UEN)
to the Commission

 Subject:  Employment problems in the European textile industry - expiry of the multifibre agreement
 Answer in writing 

The end of import quotas as a result of the expiry of the multifibre agreement will have a disastrous effect on Europe's textile industry, which has millions of employees (including 570000 in Italy), provides 1.11% of jobs in industry and has a turnover of 43.1 billion.

Is the Commission aware of the conditions prevailing in China's textile industry?

In that country there are no laws relating to the environment, to safety at work and to the rights of workers (who are often prisoners working for nothing and exploited children)?

Does the Commission not think that a system of rights should also incorporate a strict system of duties and that privileges cannot be granted to those who fail to comply with the duties upon which the WTO rules are based?

How can the Commission imagine that mere monitoring of the flow of textile products from China could be sufficient?

Does the Commission not think that, in this case, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) should be called upon to apply the ‘special safeguard clause’?

Does the Commission not think that the relocation of European companies to such ‘libertarian havens’ and the free movement within Europe of the goods produced there will in time totally undermine industry and employment in Europe?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 299, 08/12/2006
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