THE EUROPEAN Union is to update its administrative systems for monitoring its trade in textiles and clothing with the limited number of countries with whom it does not have trade agreements covering the sector, which include Taiwan.

In particular, the European Commission has asked EU ministers to update rules on surveillance and the use of electronic documentation. It has also proposed that the EU recognizes Kosovo as a separate customs area for the purposes of the textile trade; the Yugoslav province would also come under these new monitoring rules.

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