AEuCC (Agrupación Europea de Cooperación Territorial Ciudades de la Cerámica / European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Cities of Ceramics) is a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation that groups together the Associations of Cities of Ceramics in Europe, based in Italy (AiCC), France (AfCC), Spain (AeCC), Romania (ArCC), Portugal (AptCVC), Czech Republic (AczCC) and Germany (AgCC).

Each association represents municipalities with “ancient ceramic tradition” (Italy, 45 cities; France, 3 cities; Spain, 25 cities; Romania, 12 cities, Portugal 18 cities, Czech Republic 3 cities, Germany 9 cities, . In total, the area of the AEuCC EGTC includes 115 European cities.

AEuCC was created in 2014, joining originally 4 Associations (from France, Italy, Spain and Romania) and in recent years, due to the promotion and creation of new Associations, 3 of them (from Portugal, Czech Republic and Germany) joined the grouping since 1 January 2020.

In order to achieve the aim of increasing the number of members, are accepted as “Observer Cities” those which are linked to ceramics and wish that in their own country a new national association is established: currently are Observer Cities Boleslawiec (Poland, where an Association is under construction) and Gmunden (Austria).

In some other countries, the EGTC has discussions in progress for the creation of further assocoations (Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Slovenia, Switzerland, 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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AEuCC European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation “Cities of Ceramics” Assembly in Aveiro – January 2024

24/01/2024 | Posted in News

Important days of work for ceramics in Aveiro on January 19th and 20th: during the long weekend in Portugal’s important ceramics capital, a series of important events were held simultaneously, such as the “1st Portuguese National Congress of Ceramic Cities and Towns“, the AEuCC Assembly, and numerous visits and meetings among the more than 200 participating delegates.

During the AEuCC assembly in particular, the main bodies were renewed, especially the presidency and technical directorates. After a farewell speech by the outgoing Spanish president, Manises City Councilor Xavier Morant, the assembly appointed AEuCC’s new president, by acclamation and for the three-year period 2024-2027, Dr. Felipe Capão, current president of the Portuguese Association of Ceramics Cities and Villages (AptCVC) and deputy mayor of the city of Aveiro, the important ceramics city where the proceedings were held, and who joins the prestigious list of his predecessors, Frenchman Philippe Amy of Aubagne, Italian Stefano Collina of Faenza, and, as mentioned, Spaniard Xavier Morant. The assembly renewed the technical offices by reconfirming Italian Giuseppe Olmeti and Spaniard Oriol Calvo as technical Directors, finally defining the strategic lines for an important relaunch of activities in the coming years.

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Clay Project – Final meeting in Seinäjoki, Finland

02/03/2023 | Posted in News

On February 8 and 9, 2023, the last meeting of the Clay project, started in 2018 and financed by the European Interreg program, took place in Seinäjoki, the capital of Southern Ostrobothnia (Finland).


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