THE COMPLETION of the World Trade Organisation's Agreement on Textiles and Clothing in 2005 will usher in a new world order for the industry, in which Europe will have to meet the challenge of unrestricted imports from major suppliers like China, India and Indonesia for the first time.

In these conditions, will Europe be able to remain a leading player in world textiles and clothing? A study made by the Enterprise Directorate General of the European Commission offers a cautious "yes" - but only if certain actions are taken before the ...

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