European shoe makers, including Italian, Spanish and Portuguese industry groups, backed by French, Greek and Polish shoemakers, will call for the EU to apply restrictions on Chinese leather-shoe imports, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing Leonardo Soana, director-general of Italy's National Footwear Association. Europe's shoe-industry lobby, the European Confederation of the Footwear Industry, said about 250 shoemakers from Italy, Spain and Portugal will demonstrate in Brussels on June 15 to urge EU officials to take action. Meanwhile, Europe's retail lobby, the Foreign Trade Association, has voiced opposition to the initiative. The EU agreed to end quota on Chinese shoe imports on Jan. 1, as part of China's membership in the WTO.
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