Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / EU joins International Cotton Advisory Committee
EU joins International Cotton Advisory Committee
Jun '17
The European Union has become a member of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), a development which is of strategic significance to the world cotton industry and the 150 million people involved in cotton production, marketing and processing. Some of the most important cotton trade and research institutions are headquartered in the EU.

Following the vote of the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union approved the accession of the EU to the ICAC on May 18, 2017, the final step needed to complete the accession process. Ambassador Pierre Clive Agius of Malta (Malta currently holding the rotating presidency of the EU) formally presented the Instrument of Accession to minister (trade) Ali Tahir of the Embassy of Pakistan and ranking member of the ICAC Standing Committee on May 24, 2017. The Standing Committee confirmed the membership of the EU at its 549th Meeting.

ICAC is the international commodity body representing cotton and cotton textiles. Formed in 1939, ICAC is one of the oldest organisations within the architecture of intergovernmental bodies. The mission of the ICAC is to assist governments in fostering a healthy world cotton economy.

In the current season, the EU is the 11th largest producer and 6th largest exporter of cotton, and the EU is the largest market for textiles in the world. The European Union itself, and many individual countries and companies within the EU, are significant providers of cotton-specific development assistance in recipient countries.

The European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, commented: "The EU's accession to the International Cotton Advisory Committee is an important step, coming only one month after we presented a set of focused actions to make value chains in the garment sector more sustainable. As a member, we will continue to work for a sustainable and inclusive cotton sector, ensuring decent jobs for all. Cotton is important both to the EU's economy and our development cooperation with cotton producing countries." (SV)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

Must ReadView All

Trump announces tariffs on $200 bn worth Chinese imports

Apparel/Garments | On 18th Sep 2018

Trump announces tariffs on $200 bn worth Chinese imports

US President Donald Trump escalated the trade war with China on...

Courtesy: Sunrise Bumi Textiles

Textiles | On 18th Sep 2018

Sunrise Bumi developing new products for profitability

Sunrise Bumi Textiles, one of the world's leading quality yarn...

New Zealand bans sheep mulesing

Textiles | On 18th Sep 2018

New Zealand bans sheep mulesing

New Zealand has banned the practice of mulseing sheep, making the...

Interviews View All

Vidhyaa Shankar. S, A Ganapathi Chettiar

Vidhyaa Shankar. S
A Ganapathi Chettiar

'The usage of knits is getting into the boundaries of woven fabrics'

Anshul Sood, Oceedee

Anshul Sood

‘Indian footwear market is nascent and largely a trend follower’

Rashi Menda, Zapyle

Rashi Menda

Every fifth sale we make on Zapyle is a repeat purchase

Erik Sy,

Erik Sy

Manila-based CustomThread is a start-up offering premium custom apparel...

Rajat Jaipuria,

Rajat Jaipuria

Activewear brand Soul Space promotes organic cotton farming and...

Ashish M Amin,

Ashish M Amin

Premier Looms is a leading provider of cutting-edge machinery and...

Prof Seokheun (Sean) Choi, Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY)

Prof Seokheun (Sean) Choi
Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY)

A team of researchers from the State University of New York (SUNY),...

Robert Erichsen, Statex Produktions & Vertriebs GmbH

Robert Erichsen
Statex Produktions & Vertriebs GmbH

Statex Produktions & Vertriebs Gmbh, founded in 1978 and headquartered ...

Kazuaki Yazawa, Purdue University

Kazuaki Yazawa
Purdue University

Scientist <b>Kazuaki Yazawa</b> has developed thermoelectric semiconductor ...

Vaanee Bhatia, Gritstones Clothing

Vaanee Bhatia
Gritstones Clothing

<div>Delhi-based Gritstones Clothing offers quality and exemplary style...

Robert Brunner, Devereux

Robert Brunner

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Sonam & Paras Modi, SVA

Sonam & Paras Modi

Sonam and Paras Modi's Sva Couture is synonymous with head-turning...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments

September 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category

Related Categories:

Advanced Search