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Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR ,25 million

Official Journal Reference

L 111 of 1975-04-30

Legislative Reference

75/266/CEE of 1975-04-14
To reduce manufacturing costs in the textile industry, test new production methods and new fibres, solve certain environmental problems related to the industry, and improve consumer safety and protection.


Carried out within the framework of the Council Resolution of 14 January 1974 (Official Journal No C 7 of 29.1.1974) on the coordination of national policies and the definition of projects of interest to the Community in the field of science and technology, the programme represented a fundamental step in the development of the textile industry.

Primary research carried out by the textile industry had demonstrated the value of a programme of technological research. The industry joined in the programme with a financial contribution twice that of the Community.


Three themes:

- Thermal treatment of chemical fibres:
Optimization of production methods to improve the yield and the quality of products, especially in small-and medium-sized textile undertakings, which generally lack the required research facilities:
. Structural modification of chemical fibres;
. Changes, as a result of thermal treatment, in dyeing, mechanical, physical and shape properties;

- Textile processing in organic solvents:
Reduction of water pollution and energy consumption, and use of organic solvents instead of water in production methods:
. Fibre/solvent interaction;
. Rheology in the solvent medium;
. Mechanical, physical, shape and surface properties;

- Fireproofing of textile fibres (cellulosic, wool, polyamide, polyacrylic) by radiation grafting:
Consumer protection by reducing flammability in clothing and household textiles by means of various monomers of vinyl, or acrylic groups, epoxides and others, halogenated, phosphorized or nitrogen-containing compounds:
. Irradiation carried out on a pilot scale by electron accelerators;
. Physico-chemical control of fire-retardant textiles, and tests of inflammability and combustibility in accordance with methods and standards laid down by Member States and certain third countries.


The Commission was responsible for implementing the programme by means of shared-cost contracts. Inventions, whether patentable or not, and know-how resulting from the implementation of the programme were subject to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2380/74 (OJ No L 255 20.09.1974) establishing the conditions of use of know-how applicable to research programmes undertaken for the EEC.
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