Keith Nuthall
THE EUROPEAN footwear industry has been encouraged to take advantage of the new Euro 16.2 billion European Union Sixth Framework Programme for research, to develop high added value products and exploit new information technologies in a bid to defend its hard-pressed position on world markets.

EU Enterprise and the Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen said that he recognised that over the past five years the EU footwear mass production sector has contracted in production and employment terms by 10 per cent.

But he told ...

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