With partial funding from the European Commission, the European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC) is launching its first trade mission abroad. Up to 30 shoe companies from all over the EU are invited to apply before Dec. 15 to participate in a collective presentation of their collections at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan, next Apr. 4-5. European Profiles will join in the organization of the event. Kazakhstan imported $583 million worth of shoes in 2014, more than ten times more than in 2011.