On 7th January 2014 a new EGTC was registered in Europe under Spanish law: the “Agrupación Europea de Cooperación Territorial Ciudades de la Cerámica, AECT limitada” (in English: “European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Cities of Ceramics, EGTC limited”), acronym “AEuCC, AECT limitada” (AEuCC in short).
AEuCC is a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation to develop cooperation in the field of ceramic art and craft.
The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC or GECT) is a European legal instrument designed to facilitate and promote cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation. The EGTC is a legal entity and, as such, enables regional and local authorities, and other public bodies from different member states, to set up cooperation groupings with a legal personality.
EGTC members can be EU Member States, Regional or local Authorities, Associations or any other public body.
The EGTC is unique in the sense that it enables public authorities of various Member States to team up and deliver joint services, without requiring a prior international agreement to be signed and ratified by national parliaments.
The EGTC can carry out many types of cooperation actions with a view to strengthen the economic, social and territorial cohesion of the European Union. They can implement cross-border, transnational or interregional cooperation programmes and projects, co-financed by the structural funds or other EU funds, or they can carry out tasks without European co-funding. The limits are the activities of police, justice or foreign policy tasks.