ITALIAN textile houses have welcomed US Congress' adoption of reforms to America's rules of origin for textile products, which they claimed discriminated against European Union exports and broke World Trade Organisation rules.

When implementing the Uruguay Round GATT agreement, the United States had passed a law that insisted that cotton, silk and man-made fibres fabrics entering the EU at loom state to be dyed and printed, no longer qualified as EU products when they were exported.

The European Commission was given authority by ...

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