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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.


Change in the partnership

Change in the partnership

In February, 2009 a surprising event happened, the Municipality of Corund (PP4) informed the Lead Partner just before the sign of the Partnership Agreement that the municipality is facing trouble, so they get out of the project. Following their decision the LP and the whole partnership has put a lot of effort through bilateral discussions concerning the possibilities for trying to keep them in, however, these negotiations ended without success. 

In order not to risk the project’s implementation by this event, the partnership wanted to replace them with a new partner as soon as possible. Our aim was to find the best possible partner who could be the most added value to the CeRamICa project, and at the same time involve a new partner who come from a country from where there has been no partner so far, in order to widen the geographical coverage of the project even further. 

This way we have found Abruzzo Development Agency from Italy, which became the new (substitute) partner in May. The new CeRamICa partner Abruzzo Region Development Agency can be found in the centre of Italy, east of Rome, in Abruzzo province. Its mission is to contribute to the economic development of the region. Thus it supports the development of relationships between the public and private sector at local, regional, national and international levels in order to promote initiatives and enhance coherent regional development.The ceramic handicraft in Abruzzo is characterized by extreme vitality and variety of products that include both the artistic majolica and pottery terracotta. It is the result of age-old skills constituted of many different activities which are the expression of this land. Goldsmith's art, with typical Scanno presentosa and Castelli pottery lead the way along with wrought iron, fabrics, needlework, Taranta Peligna polychrome tapestries, lace, pillow lace and much more. Abruzzo’s handicraft plays a leading role in developing tourism in the area and thus represents an important part in creating regional wealth. In line with CeRamICa’s objectives, Abruzzo Sviluppo aims to achieve recognition by the regional government that traditional crafts are a treasure of the region itself, so its main objective through participation in the project is to strengthen the regional development through promotion of traditional crafts. 

With the new partner, the CeRamICa’s partnership and geographical coverage is widen, thus the experiences and best practices come from wider aspects in order to preserve, promote, revitalize, develop and boost the ceramics and small crafts sectors as European cultural heritages.

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