Association director general Elena Lai at the recent ETSA Congress in Rome detailed some of ETSA's proudest moments in the past 18 months, especially its cooperation in its various working groups. The textile services industry is one of many European industries which is looking to improve and innovate itself within the paradigms set by the EU Green Deal and EU Climate Pact and ETSA has been extremely pro-active in this regard, she said. ETSA brings together national associations from around Europe, including the UK.
“We are repositioning ETSA within the EU map. But, they need to know more about what we do as there is confusion over ‘textiles’ and ‘textile services’. It has been a long year of explaining that we synergise but we are not the same. We must project more and more – we are powerful in that way. There were a lot of applications for the EU Commission Climate Ambassadorship and we lobbied hard and we got it,” she said.
Lai paid tribute to the legacy of former ETSA director general Robert Long and said that ETSA continues to strengthen its lobbying strategy. “This will continue over the next two, three or five years and we need senior management level to be involved or we won’t be effective.”
Steering groups have been set up across National Associations as well as diverse webinars and projects. Webinars, which have proved their worth in Covid times, will continue along with in-person meetings. Projects include the TSA initiative on wash temperature which it is conducting with De Montfort University in the UK which has been well supported in the press.
“Last but not least, we are strengthening links with our global network, for example, TRSA and its CEO Joe Ricci in North America.” Lai also pointed to the importance of international exhibitions for networking such as the upcoming Clean Show in Atlanta and ExpoDetergo in Milan for communications and synergies. “All of you can come and exchange views and information and make business. Go to exhibitions!” she urged.