The Spanish Intertextile Council calls for a state pact for the development of industry

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The Spanish Intertextile Council calls for a state pact for the development of industry

The Spanish Intertextile Council (CIE) joins the declaration of industrial social partners and business organizations to claim a State Pact to favor Spanish industrial development.

• The Spanish Intertextile Council (CIE), together with UGT and CCOO and the business organizations integrated in the Alliance for the Competitiveness of Spanish Industry, adheres to the signing of a declaration urging the political forces to develop a State Pact By Industry.

• The industrial social agents claim the new government a State Secretariat of Industry with powers to develop the industrial agenda and coordinate all state industrial policies with all departments involved.

• The Declaration calls for the design and development of nine policies to boost industrial competitiveness: energy, R & D & I and digital technological development, Training and Employment, Intelligent Regulation, Management and Control of fiscal measures, Investment, Internationalization and Foreign Trade, Financing and Strengthening the industrial fabric and Industrial Sustainability.

• The signatory organizations call for a State commitment to contribute to Spain’s achievement of the European Union’s goal of increasing the industry’s share of GDP by 20% to 2020.

Madrid, November 28, 2016.- The Spanish Intertextile Council (CIE) today signs, at the headquarters of the Economic and Social Council, the Declaration for Industry, in which they have urged the Government, Political Parties, Legislative Branches and Authorities , Institutions or Public Powers with powers in the economic or social field to assume a STATE COVENANT FOR THE INDUSTRY that allows to develop the measures and policies of State that configure an industrial policy sustained over time. This calls for a State commitment to contribute to the achievement of the European Union’s goal of increasing the industry’s share of GDP by at least 20% by 2020.

The document, which includes nine policies to boost industrial competitiveness, also calls for the establishment of a State Secretariat of Industry with competencies and resources to promote the industrial agenda of the current legislature, which also has the capacity to coordinate such policies with All departments of the State organization that is necessary and under which tripartite and permanent observatory or dialogue forums are established to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each sector by promoting measures to improve its competitiveness.

The Declaration, publicly presented under the name “The Legislature of Industry”, has also been subscribed by the highest representatives of UGT-FICA Federation of Industry, Construction and Agri-food, CCOO Federation of Industry, CCOO Federation of

Construction and Services, CCOO Federation of Citizen Services, as well as the business organizations that constitute the Alliance for the Competitiveness of Spanish Industry – promoter of this initiative – representing the sectors of Automobile (Anfac), Refining and Marketing (AOP), Chemistry and Pharmacy (Feique), Paper (Aspapel), Cement (Oficemen), Food and Beverage (FIAB) and Iron and Steel (Unesid) which together generate 50% of industrial GDP and more 4 million jobs in our country. The metal sector (Confemetal), the Automotive Equipment and Components Manufacturers (Sernauto) sector, the Textile sector (CIE) and the fashion sector (Moda España) have also joined the firm.

Pedro Luis Hojas, General Secretary of UGT-FICA (Federation of Industry, Construction and Agri-Food), has been present at the event, which was chaired by CES President Marcos Peña; Antón Valero, representative of the Alliance for the Competitiveness of Spanish Industry (President of Feique); And Agustín Martín, Secretary General of CCOO Industria.

Industrial development: a strategic need for the growth of Spain

The development and enhancement of the different industrial sectors is a strategic need of our country and an indispensable condition to generate economic growth and quality employment in a solid and stable way and that contributes in a fundamental way to the social welfare and sustainability of the public pension system For the benefit of all citizens. Hence, the importance of assuming a State commitment to develop and execute a stable industrial policy sustained over time that transcends the eventual changes of political sign of the governments.

Not surprisingly, the industry is the activity that gives greater strength to the economy of a country in terms of generating wealth, employment and welfare of its citizens; Which, supported by its export potential, has a higher productivity and added value of the economy, boosting the whole of the business fabric, and the activity that gives more investment to R + D + I, and the main demander for innovation and technological development .

In the document, the CIE and the employers ‘and trade unions’ organizations call for the design and development of nine policies to boost industrial competitiveness:

1. It is imperative that, as a matter of priority, a stable ENERGY POLICY is developed, programmed and regulated to ensure energy supply at a competitive price, attending to the necessary restructuring of our Industry and Economy, which is the focus of research, development And the innovation of new sustainable technologies, which will boost Spanish energy independence with the development of renewable energies, cogeneration and indigenous resources and preserve demand management systems.

2. It is necessary to design a LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY to improve the efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability of different modes of freight transport and intermodal infrastructures, as well as to accelerate the access of companies based in Spain to the markets Countries.

3. It is necessary to establish a R & D & I POLICY AND TECHNOLOGICAL AND DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT that facilitates and bets on the innovative activity of the companies and, on the other hand, allows to attract and develop in Spain public centers,

Private and mixed advanced and specialized in those cross-cutting areas and essential to provide technology to the industry. It is also imperative to increase public and private investment in research, development and innovation that increases the generation of higher value-added productions.

4. It is essential to promote a TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT POLICY that guarantees the development of the talent and the training of the workers throughout the working life, considering that they constitute the main and most valuable asset of the company in the society.

5. It is essential to implement an INTELLIGENT REGULATION POLICY which, in addition to protecting the principles of market unity at national and European level, avoids the legal uncertainty generated by over-regulation in the industrial sphere, and improves the efficiency and effectiveness of standards in Vigorous and future actions by means of rigorous impact assessments.

6. The Government must prioritize the ORDINATION AND CONTROL OF FISCAL MEASURES, especially those of an environmental nature that may lead to the breakdown of market unity, to distort free competition and to reduce the competitiveness of our industrial fabric.

7. An INVESTMENT, INTERNATIONALIZATION AND EXTERNAL TRADE POLICY should be promoted to meet the objectives of attracting industrial productive investments in our territory and facilitate the penetration of Spanish production in foreign markets. Spain must maintain at European level the need to strengthen trade defense instruments in such a way as to guarantee, on the one hand, access to foreign markets and, on the other hand, to avoid competition from unfair imports. Spain will urge the European Union to include in the new trade agreements ethical, human rights, Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and commitment to combating climate change in the Themselves.

8. In order to facilitate FUNDING AND POTENTIATION OF INDUSTRIAL FABRICATION, it is necessary to increase the number and articulation of national and Community instruments to support investment in innovative projects that generate employment, as well as to orient them mainly to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises .

9. INDUSTRIAL SUSTAINABILITY must be promoted and its continuous contribution to the development of processes, products and goods increasingly sustainable and committed to safety and protection of the environment in general and, in particular, to strategies to improve energy efficiency , The fight against climate change and the circular economy. At the same time, in order to promote sustainability in a global way, the competitiveness of industrial companies located in our country must be safeguarded in order to avoid their relocation in places where production is carried out with safety and environmental protection standards that are significantly lower than those European countries.


The first signatories of the Declaration for Industry, open to the adhesion of other industrial sectors, have been:

The General Secretary of UGT FICA, Federation of Industry, Construction and Agroalimentaria, Pedro Luis Hojas; The Secretary General of CCOO Federation of Industry, Agustín Martín; The Secretary General of CCOO Federation of Construction and Services, Vicente Sánchez; The Secretary General of CCOO Federation of Services to the Citizenship, Javier Jiménez; The Executive Vice President of the Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Automobiles and Trucks (Anfac), Mario Armero; The President of the Spanish Association of Operators of Petroleum Products (AOP), Federico Molina; The President of the Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Pulp, Paper and Cardboard (Aspapel), Enrique Isidro Rincón; The President of the Business Federation of the Spanish Chemical Industry (Feique), Antón Valero; The President of the Spanish Federation of Food and Beverage Industries (FIAB), Mané Calvo; The President of the Cement Manufacturers Association of Spain (Oficemen), Jaime Ruíz de Haro; The President of the Union of Steel Companies (Unesid), Gonzalo Urquijo; The President of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations of Metal (Confemetal), Antonio Garamendi; The President of the Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Equipment and Components for Automotive (Sernauto), María Helena Antolín; The President of the Spanish Intertextile Council (CIE), Manuel Díaz; And the President of the Confederation Fashion Spain, Angel Asensio.
About the Intertextil Spanish Council

Currently the Spanish Intertextile Council is made up of five members: the Federation of Textile Industry Lanera (FITEXLAN), the Textile Industrial Association of Cotton Process (AITPA), the Textile Sedera Federation (FTS) and the National Federation of Finishers, Stampers and Dyers Textiles (FNAETT) – grouped in the Confederation of the Textile Industry (Texfor) -; And the Association of Textile Entrepreneurs of the Valencian Community (Ateval). With an integrating will, the CIE keeps the doors open to the different business associations that make up the textile industry and the clothing sector. In this sense, it invites them to join the project of the most important business organization of fashion in Spain to continue contributing in the defense of the interests of the textile industry as a whole, as the CIE has done since its founding in 1979.


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