COTANCE

Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community

The European Leather Association

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The Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (COTANCE) is the representative body of the European Leather Industry. It is a non-profit organization established in order to promote the interests of the European tanning industry at international level. Apart from representing European tanners and dressers, it also has the mission of promoting European leather both in the European and international markets.

COTANCE is the only qualified interlocutor representing the views of the European Tanning Industry. It has gained a wide recognition both internally and externally as the reference body for the European leather industry.

COTANCE's activities and policies focus on promoting the economic growth and sustainable development of the European tanning industry.

COTANCE membership was limited to the national tanners' associations of EC Member States until 1996 when it took the decision to go beyond the borders of the European Union. The Swiss and Norwegian tanners associations were the first to join, followed, in 1999, by the Hungarian and Slovenian Associations, and in 2007 by the Bulgarian and Lithuanian Associations. COTANCE's declared ambition is, however, to extend its coverage to all European countries who respect free trade.

COTANCE members meet regularly at the annual Assembly General and twice a year in Council.

The political drive of COTANCE comes from its Presidency. It is composed of a President and four Vice-Presidents elected from among well known European tanners for a two year period. COTANCE's Secretary General assists them and heads the Brussels-based secretariat.

COTANCE also acts as the coordinating body for GERIC, the Grouping of European Leather Research Institutes, which gathers all the technological centres of the EU developing R & D for the tanning industry. This has led to a series of advanced technology projects in the field of environmental protection, quality assurance and high-tech applications for the leather production process. The development of joint training projects for tannery operators completes the range of their services to the European Leather Industry.

See our list of Members.

See the Presidency of COTANCE.