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Italian Industry Irked by Labeling Decision

The European Commission’s dismissed the proposals to require explicit “made in” labels for all products coming into the EU.

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DISAPPOINTED: The label Made in Italy elicits pride from Milan to Palermo, and many Italian fashion and design leaders have long hoped for greater recognition of locally made products. It is not surprising then, that reacting to the European Commission’s dismissal of proposals to require explicit “made in” labels for all products coming into the EU, Michele Tronconi, president of fashion industry association Sistema Moda Italia, said he was “profoundly disappointed” by the decision.

“It affects me even more, because it couldn’t arrive at a worse time, with the textile and fashion industry struggling every day to get out from under the economic crisis and the decline in European consumption,” Tronconi said.

He lambasted the EU Commission for paying little attention to European workers, and for “promoting opaqueness and masochism instead of transparency and efficient regulations.”

The EU Commission’s decision came after years of convoluted discussion over appropriate regulation measures for imports.