Worth programme

EU funds & support for European Tanners

Do you want to try developing a new type of leather with a young designer or inventor?

A call for applications has just been launched offering very interesting opportunities for companies in the Textile and Leather sectors and simple and non-bureaucratic procedures!


This Programme, supported by the European Commission (DG Enterprise), and conducted by Institut Français de la Mode, London College of Fashion, Euratex and CNA/Federmoda, aims to help European SMEs and designers (and possibly technology providers) experience how to collaborate successfully and bring new products or start with new processes.

Enhance value added and improve competitiveness!

The Worth project has the means and resources to select and support 30 partnerships, coach them, and showcase the prototypes in specific connected events.

This Programme gives manufacturing SMEs in the EU the opportunity:
- to learn how to work with highly creative designers
- benefit from experienced marketing coaches
- create new kinds of products or styles or learn new techniques
- to secure existing markets or open new ones.

You’ll find much more detail on the website!

For further details and direct communications with interested companies:
WORTH Pilot Project Coordinator
IFM Research and Consulting Director
36 quai d'Austerlitz
75013 Paris
33 1 70 38 89 89
33 6 80 42 20 94


Leather is my Job!

COTANCE and industriAll European Trade Union kick-start their joint project “Leather is my Job!”

On 13 December 2013, COTANCE hosted the kick-off meeting of “Leather is my Job!”, a project jointly developed with industriAll European Trade Union for promoting the Leather-Tanning Sector as an  attractive choice for young people and job-seekers. This initiative of the sector’s social partners has the support of the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs.

For many companies in Europe’s tanning sector it becomes increasingly difficult to recruit qualified people in spite of the current high level of unemployment. For too long other sectors have appeared more attractive to young people, diverting attention from more traditional sectors such as the leather industry. Europe’s leather sector believes, however, that a reversal of this trend is underway, with an increasing interest by young people in manual work and craftsmanship, design, authenticity of natural materials, and more environment-friendly  industries. The tanning industry offers all that; it recovers and recycles a residue of the meat industry and transforms it into leather, one of the world’s most prestigious and highly demanded materials.

Read more: Leather is my Job!


Pilot Project: Environmental Footprint of Leather

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The COTANCE Bologna Council celebrates the success of its application for an EU Pilot on Leather

The COTANCE Council held in Bologna on October 11, 2013, on the sideline of the Lineapelle Fair, is pleased to learn that the sector’s submission for an EU Pilot for Leather had been retained by the European Commission as one of the 14 successful Pilots among a total of some 90 applications.

The leather sector’s representatives from Italy, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and Romania expressed their satisfaction for getting the opportunity to drive the process that is to develop the sector’s official Product Category Rules for the Environmental Footprint of Leather.

The start of activities will be delayed, however, so as to allow a parallel development with the EU Pilots of the Food industry whose call for candidatures is to be issued in early 2014.

COTANCE understands that this opportunity is a success for the global leather industry and expresses its gratitude to all those international organisations, foreign leather sector institutions and bodies having sent in their letters of commitment, interest or support to this initiative in the preparation of the application.

Brussels, 14 October 2013


Prices of Raw Materials

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The COTANCE Bologna Council sends an alarm message to European trade authorities on raw material prices

Bologna hosted on October 11, 2013, on the sideline of the Lineapelle Fair, the autumn Council of COTANCE gathering representatives from Italy, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and Romania.

Important topics were on the agenda regarding the Environmental Footprint of leather and the EU Pilot for developing official Product Category Rules for Leather that COTANCE applied for to the European Commission, EU labelling of leather, Safety of Products and origin marking, as well as the EU rules on Cr VI restriction and the labelling of products treated with biocide products, among others.

Discussions focalised however on the current market situation and perspectives for raw material prices that are remaining at historic high levels and squeeze European tanners progressively into a non-sustainable business scenario. Every day brings new information on supplier countries throttling exports of raw hides, skins and wet-blue. More and more countries are adopting more and more protectionist measures reducing the supply in the “open market” and competitors operating behind such “protecting walls” increasingly consume those resources remaining. Argentina, Brazil, Andean Countries, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Russia, Ukraine, Morocco, Nigeria, etc. and now also Turkey don’t allow European tanners to source freely raw materials in their domestic market while they raid barrier-free markets such as Europe. Without reciprocity Europe’s leather industry has its days numbered.

European tanners are not seeing their trade authorities bringing home any relief. There are even authorities in EU Member States that do not support the collection of statistical evidence (a monitoring exercise) that would allow appreciating officially whether there is a need for emergency action that would be legally applicable. This illustrates the drift that pushes more and more European industrialists and workers into distrust in politics. This is not an ideal situation with European elections and new Commission at the doorstep (2014).

Europe needs to make up its mind whether it wants to keep the World’s top of the class leather industry at home generating wealth and employment or whether it will surrender without resistance to unfair trade barriers and rogue business practices.

Brussels, 14 October 2013


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