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Ceramics and CRafts Industries' Increased Cooperation
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The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.


1st Interregional Conference in Vallauris, 16th October 2009

On 15 and 16 October 2009, the town of Vallauris welcomed the 1st interregional Conference CeRamICa.

Elective representatives and professionals came from various European countries work together in order to jointly elaborate a development strategy for the professionals of the ceramics activities.  

This is in Vallauris, in the historical potters’ city since the XVIe century, ground of prestigious ceramics creation with Pablo Picasso, Chagall or Jean Marais, that representatives came from Italy, Hungary, Romania, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Greece and France met in order to federate the energies and to create a first European exchanges of experiences network  for the ceramics and to facilitate the establishment of recommendations for local and regional development policies implementation.





CeRamICa project
1st interregional conference
16 October 2009

11.00-14.30 Open conference (in French and English)

10.30–11.00 Registration, coffee

moderation: Ms Agnes HITESY

11.00-11.10 Welcome and opening by Mr Alain GUMIEL, Mayor of Vallauris
11.10-11.25 Alberto SILVA, international ceramics consultant:How to boost the economic development of the creative industries, i.e. the ceramics, the small craft sectors and related SMEs; and how can this be achieved in today’s European circumstances and how can the practice have an influence on these circumstances and policies?
11.25-11.40 Agnès HITESY, representative of the LP, Municipality of Hódmezővásárhely (Hungary)Presentation of the findings of the CeRamICa comparative SWOT and market research
11.40-11.50 Malika BOUDELLAL, museologist and expert in ceramics Presentation of the findings of the SWOT and market research in the Vallauris region
11.50-12.00 Valérie MERCANTI, Chambre de Métiers et de l’Artisanat : How the Chambre of Métiers et de l’Artisanat helps the ceramists, its projects with international actors
12.00-12.10 André RUFFIER LANCHE, Manager of Activargil Provence : Presentation of the PRIDES Argile
12.10-12.25 Antoine DI CIACCIO, President – Charles FILLIT, Animator of the cities networks-  French Association of Ceramic Cities “Association Française des Cités de la Céramique” The importance of the ceramics sector in France’s and the region’s economy and how CeRamICa can contribute (presentation of this association and the network dynamic)
12.25-12.35 Catherine ESTAMPE, Manager of the Cultural Department, Municipality of Vallauris Presentation of the Municipal School of Fine Arts and Ceramics
12.35-12.45 Jean MOREAU, Head Master, Leonard de Vinci High SchoolOdile CULAS-BONNIN, Certified Professor of Applied Arts, Leonard de Vinci High School, AntibesPresentation of the trainings proposed by the National Education and the Leonard de Vinci College
12.45-13.15 Roundtable with the participation of the speakers and the representatives of the regional ceramists and craftsmen
13.15-13.30 Closing remarks
13.30-14.30 Buffet lunch
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