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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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WMN & Art / Project meeting in Portugal

21/06/2022 | Posted in Home, News

WMN & Art / Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

Project meeting in Portugal

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On the 6th and 7th of June, the project partners were hosted by CTCP (Centro Tecnológico do Calçado de Portugal) in S. João da Madeira, Portugal.

Final meeting > June 27th and 28th, 2022 in Turkey

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Clay Project / Project meeting in Horezu, Romania

16/06/2022 | Posted in Home, News

CLAY project – Interreg Europe

Project meeting in Horezu – Romania / June 2nd – 3rd, 2022

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The South-West Oltenia Regional Development Agency, as partner of CLAY – “Cross Sector Support for Innovative and Competitive Artistic Ceramic SMEs” project, organized together with the project leader, the Umbria Region of Italy, the first meeting of the second phase of the project.

The event, attended by partners from Italy (Umbria Region and the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Cities of Ceramic) and from Portugal (Technology Center for Ceramics and Glass), together with relevant regional actors in the field of artistic ceramics, took place in Romania, Horezu – one of the representative places for authentic Romanian ceramics, between 2nd – 3rd of June 2022. Partners from France (Association for the Development and Promotion of the European Ceramics Center) and Finland (Southern Ostrobothnia Regional Council) also joined online the event.

The purpose of organizing the event was to exchange experiences and point of views on the first year of implementation of the action plans in the project regions, between the partner countries and also to identify possible improvements for the second year of implementation.

The meeting was opened with the speeches of:

– Mr. Ștefan-Cătălin Catană – Interim General Director of the South-West Oltenia Regional Development Agency;

– Mr. Nicolae Sărdărescu – Mayor of Horezu City Hall;

– Mr. Eugen Săvulescu – President of the Association LAG ”Horezu Microregion”.

The event continued with the presentations concerning the progress of the action plans implemented in the five regions covered by the project: South-West Oltenia Region in Romania, Umbria Region in Italy, Southern Ostrobothnia Region in Finland, Centro Region in Portugal and Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region in France.

Also, during the meeting were discussed the future steps to support SMEs in the field of ceramics, granting increased attention to product and process innovation, while maintaining the tradition of ceramics.

On the second day of the event, were organized study visits in the region, as follows:

– the first study visit took place in the workshop of the local ceramic artist, Sorin Giubega, from the village of Olari, Horezu, recognized by UNESCO for his works, as ”human treasure”. The artist talked about the craft of pottery, about the traditional pottery of Horezu and he also made a short demonstration of shaping and decorating clay.

– the second study visit took place in the store of Nicoleta and Laurențiu Pietraru, who developed a business in the field of ceramics through a unique marketing method. The store is, in fact, a unique construction in the area, it reveals a huge pot, representative of the traditional ceramics in the region.

– the third study visit was organized at the Romanian folk pottery fair ”Cocoșul de Hurez”, which reached its 50th edition, this year. The event brought together Romanian potters who presented their creations in an unique exhibition in the country.

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