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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The fifth meeting of CLAY – Interreg Europe project

06/10/2020 | Posted in News

120044692_688776671731158_1589651374462258657_oSeptember 23, 2020 – The 5th meeting of the CLAY project (Cross Sector support for Innovative and Competitive Artistic Ceramic SMEs), funded by the Interreg program of the European Union, which aims to support the small and medium-sized enterprises in the ceramic sector by acting on regional policies, was held on Wednesday 23 September 2020.

On the CLAY official website is published the news, which includes four videos, showing the peculiarities of Horezu ceramics: LINK

CLAY project – Interreg Europe: From the Good Practices to the Action Plans

13/03/2020 | Posted in News


The fourth meeting of CLAY – Interreg Europe project was held

in Caldas da Rainha, Coimbra and Aveiro (Portugal) 

on February 19 and 20, 2020

February 19 and 20, 2020 – The CLAY (Cross Sector support for Innovative and Competitive Artistic Ceramic SMEs) partnership meeting was held in February 2020 in Portugal, between the cities of Caldas da Rainha, Coimbra and Aveiro.

The partners (from Italy, Finland, France, Portugal, Romania and Spain) studied the situation of the ceramic field in Portugal, thanks to the precious support of the Portuguese partner CTCV and of the Portuguese Association of Cities and Villages of Ceramics (AptCVC).

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