Pakistan's textile industry is asking for greater access to the US and European Union markets as it struggles for survival after floods devastated the country. Textile makers are asking for support to help make up for the losses.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told reporters in Islamabad that the EU was mulling a meeting of its foreign ministers to discuss providing flood assistance to Pakistan, and possibly greater market access for Pakistani products.
A meeting of National GPP expert group- i.e. informal working group of DG ENV of the European Commission - took place on 7 June. Among other issues the new GPP procedure for process and criteria development was discussed. The overall objective of the new procedure is to create greater synergy among different instruments (GPP, Ecodesign, EU Ecolabel).
The procedure proposed by the EC is to be very similar and parallel to the Ecolabel criteria development.
To read more about the debate: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/gpp/pdf/criteria_process.pdf
Bilateral Cooperation with Serbia
The Croatian Minister of Science Radovan Fuchs and his Serbian counterpart Božidar Đelic met in Zagreb on May 13, 2010 to discuss bilateral cooperation and joint scientific projects. 21 bilateral initiatives are currently being implemented, mainly in the field of biotechnology. Several workshops as well as a joint Science Day will be held in the following months in order to review the results achieved.
The two countries are also planning to hold regular meetings at ministerial or state secretary level and to establish a regional technology fund to attract research funding for companies. Fuchs suggests exploiting further opportunities such as joint applications for FP7 projects and loans by the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Lisbon Review 2010: Croatia Outperforms Lowest-Ranked EU Members
The final assessment of the progress made in reaching the Lisbon goals shows that Croatia has outranked four EU Member States, namely Bulgaria, Italy, Poland and Romania. With a score of 4.18, it is only second to Montenegro (score: 4.19) among the eleven candidate and neighbourhood countries assessed. Among this group, Croatia holds rank one in the fields of information society, sustainable development and network industries as well as the second place in the field of innovation and R&D.
10th INTERNATIONAL FOUNDRYMEN CONFERENCE: Casting Production – Progress through Knowledge, Quality and Environmental Protection, was held in Opatija in the period June 10th -12th 2010. At the Conference exhibition of equipment and instruments Textile Science Research Centre and SEM laboratory of University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology were presented. Conference was held in association with: University of Zagreb, Ministy of Science, Education and Sports of Republic of Croatia, Academy of Technical Sciences of Republic of Croatia, Croatian Chamber of Commerce of Republic of Croatia, Sisak-Moslavina County, City of Sisak and Mittel Europäische Giesserei Initiative (MEGI).
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- International Convention MIPRO 2010 - Opatija, 24. - 28. May 2010
- Display of Azon Digital Textile Printer & DTS at FESPA, Germany
- Trends and development of the textile economy of North America Atlanta 2010
- Lisbon Goals: Croatia and Montenegro Outperform Lowest-Ranked EU Members
- Competition for the award for the most successful scientific or artistic research work