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The Spanish cities of Arnedo and Logroño will host from the 31/01/2018 to the 03/02/2018 the first transnational meeting of this project funded under the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. 14 professionals from the footwear, textile and education sector will meet together on this event in order to start to work on the project training materials and develop their content.

“Ecotextyle: Vocational Education and Training on Product Environmental Management for the Footwear and Textile Sector», is a 24-month partnership at European level coordinated by the Centro Tecnológico del Calzado de La Rioja (CTCR) with the cooperation of the social company from Arnedo Neo Sapiens, BATTI (Bulgaria), Universita Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM) (Italy), Institute of Leather Industry in Lodz (IPS) (Poland), Zavod IRCUO (Slovenia) and SATRA Technology Centre (United Kingdom). This development of innovation project aims to gather organisations working on the development of programmes to train and educate on product environmental footprints (PEF) on the footwear sector and the production of textile complements related to it. According to this, the main objective of this partnership will be to establish the appropriate training within SMEs or training centres to be able to implement the PEF methodology, in line with the future European policies. The idea is to work together and exchange good practices related to the training of those responsible of the product environmental management inside their SMEs and to provide them the curricular skills and competences needed for an appropriate development of their professional profiles (at local or international level). To achieve this, partner organisations will create an online training platform and face-to-face workshops on different languages dealing with issues such as product life cycle analysis, ecodesign, environmental footprints, environmental labelling, environmental product declaration, etc. combining both, formal and non formal methodologies. Thanks to all of this, “Ecotextyle” will be able to develop self assessment and training tools that could provide all the skills needed and certificate at the same time the qualifications demanded on the footwear sector for both, environmental sustainable products and producers.