A representation of the Valencian textile sector, headed by the president of ATEVAL, Pepe Serna, the President of the Spanish Intertextil Council, Càndid Penalba, the President of AITEX, León Grau, the Vice-president of Ateval, Jorge Mataix and President of the Innovation Area and President ATEVAL Vall d’Albaida, Rafa Lurbe met this morning with the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig to explain the progress made by the textile industry during the harshest months of the pandemic and at the same time present a battery of improvement proposals that enhance and consolidate an authentic state industrial policy.
Pepe Serna, representing Valencian textile entrepreneurs, has highlighted the exceptional sector resilience capacity with its rapid adaptation to the difficult national and international economic situation derived from the health crisis caused by covid-19. As the president of Ateval has shown, the textile industry has been able to reactivate its production lines in the fields of home textiles, rest areas, sports textiles, among others, as well as reorienting a new production division for sanitary textiles .
However, and in order to consolidate this positive situation achieved in very adverse times, the Valencian textile industrial representation has brought a series of requests to President Ximo Puig to request his commitment and help. Among the issues that have been put on the table, the need for improvement in the Public Procurement Law to promote the local industry and the conditions of the bases of Public Tenders where innovation, design, quality, sustainability, new materials, product safety, European certification and intelligent public purchasing are weighted to a greater extent.
Also open avenues of support for the presentation of business projects through European funds Next-Generation UE. As well as developing lines of work and strengthening the open national tables of the Spanish textile industry, the fashion industry and the habitat industry that will be represented in the next constitution of the Valencian Textile Sectorial Table at the beginning of the year 2021, for the defense and improvement of the competitiveness of the Valencian textile industry.
The proposals presented by Ateval are part of a more ambitious project in which the rest of the industrial sectors of the Valencian community participate and that seeks to promote and consolidate an authentic industrial policy both nationally and regionally, through state pacts, as they have been transmitted to President Ximo Puig.
To work in this regard, ATEVAL has convened, for next Monday, November 16, a meeting at its headquarters in Ontinyent with the president of the Valencian Business Confederation and Vice-president of the CEOE, Salvador Navarro, to discuss and maintain an exchange of impressions about the different problems found in the public tenders in Spain and establish a set of proposals for the improvement of the bases of the conditions of the same in support of the own manufacture.
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