logo_AEuCC_no_subtitleAEuCC (Agrupación Europea de Cooperación Territorial Ciudades de la Cerámica / European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Cities of Ceramics) is a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation created in 2014 that groups together the Associations of Cities of Ceramics in Europe, based in Italy (AiCC), France (AfCC), Spain (AeCC) and Romania (ArCC).

Each association represents municipalities with “ancient ceramic tradition” (Italy, 46 cities; France, 10 cities; Spain, 29 cities; Romania, 12 cities). In total, the area of the AEuCC EGTC includes 97 European cities.

In recent years, AEuCC has promoted the creation of new Associations of Cities of Ceramics in different countries, allowing the birth of the German Association (AgCC), Polish (AplCC), Czech (AczCC) and Portuguese (AptCC) and 3 of them (German, Czech and Portuguese) are currently in the process of joining the AEuCC, with a formal adhesion scheduled from 1 January 2020.

In some other countries, the EGTC has discussions in progress for the creation of further assocoations (Croatia, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Latvia, Slovenia, Turkey).

The mission of AEuCC is to develop territorial and transnational cooperation in the field of ceramic art and craft, mainly to create social and economic cohesion, by developing projects and services for the ceramic sector stakeholders.

AEuCC is open to new members, which need to be “associations of cities of ceramics” (at least three cities from the same country). In order to enlarge the EGTC, the cities willing to create a new association are granted “observer status” and are allowed to participate in the AEuCC works.

AEuCC is a rare example of an institutionalised interregional cooperation (rather than cross-border or transnational). It is deeply involved in a specific sector (artistic and craft ceramics), in which it is highly specialised and has network relations. Its characteristics permit a strong achievement of cohesion results (mainly in jobs and growth) and to reach out a large number of stakeholders.

AEuCC is seen as a good example of how EGTCs could be developed and be effective for a wider area (interregional – EU level) in a very specialised sector. Given the interregional approach of the EGTC, it could play an important role in European Territorial Cooperation: AEuCC could enlarge theoretically to 27 or more members.

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Towards the Turkish Association of Cities of Ceramics

24/02/2021 | Posted in News

AEuCC continues in its activity of inspiring the start of new AxCC around the world, based on the already existing experiences of national associations of cities of ceramics.

Turkey is a nation with a great ceramic tradition (whose roots can be traced at least as far back as the Uighurs of the 8th and 9th centuries), many ceramic centers and numerous decorations throughout a history that covers centuries.

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For some years already, relations have been established with universities and cities, particularly through professor of Izmir University Sevim Cizer and ceramist herself, and recently the ceramics art-oriented ‘wmn&ART’ project (www.wmn-art.eu), that aims at supporting inactive women in developing home-based micro enterprises, has also restored AEuCC relations with Turkey thanks to the Turkish partners: Ardahan University (lead partner), GaleriM Armada, POINT and Tüm Avrupa Kadınları Kültürel İşbirliği ve Dayanışma Derneği (TAKIDD).

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Yet another success for the Cerasmus+ project

16/02/2021 | Posted in News

Cerasmus+ is a european project co-funded by the program Erasmus+, which was born from the initiative of AEuCC – European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation “Cities of Ceramics” and has started in 2017 with the goals to protect the European traditional heritage, to modernize the ceramic sector and to develop vocational training in ceramic craft industry enhancing work based learning models. Cerasmus+ faces the challenges of global competition, loss of skills, difficulties of getting into the market and lack of financial resources and economic capacity, relying on three pillars: Heritage, Innovation and Network.

Recently, the project was included in the VET Success Story document by INAPP (National Institute for Public Policy Analysis) 2014-2020.

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