The European Trade Union Federation for Textiles, Clothing and Leather and Cotance, the European leather industry's representative body in Brussels, have begun a project to analyze the socioeconomic and environmental performance of the tanning industry in Europe. A detailed report will be published about the findings. The EU is sponsoring the project, which should result in numerous reports from individual countries as well as one for all of Europe. The trade union and Cotance say that the study could lead to new milestones to improve governance in the global leather industry. Experts from the leather industry will get together to choose a consultant on Feb. 15, and the consultant will put out the report by the end of May.