Cotance, the European Tanners' Council, has joined the International Council of Tanners (ICT) as a group following a meeting of the ICT during the World Leather Congress in Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 6 where its conditions were accepted. The main condition was a revision of various clauses in the ICT's statutes. One of them will ensure that the voting process would not be dominated by a regional bloc. Cotance has been calling for a free trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, but tanners in Argentina and Brazil have been keen on preserving incentives to keep wetblue leather inside their countries for further processing. Until now, European tanners have been only represented in the ICT by their national associations in Germany, the U.K. and Sweden.