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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.
 

 

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DÉLMAGYARORSZÁG Newspaper

Union Programme is leaded by Vásárhely

Hódmezővásárhely- In this Programme, Vásárhely is the leader of 12 towns of 7 countries of the European Union, which focus on the development of craft and ceramic industry- was announced in a press conference on 20th February in Hódmezővásárhely.

In this press conference, dr. János Lázár, mayor, Jean-Pierre Henry, vice-mayor of Vallauris and Hen Gerritse, EU expert took part in. János Lázár emphasized: 12 regions and towns of Union, leads by Vásárhely, won 2 million 117 thousand EURO, from which the part of the town is 500 thousand EURO. The conditions of the renewation of ceramic, small crafts industry can be found in the town. 
http://www.delmagyar.hu/hodmezovasarhely_hirek/unios_programot_vezet_vasarhely/2088430/  DUNA

 

Duna Tv online - 15th February, 2009 Sunday  

Resuscitation of small craft in Hódmezővásárhely

 

Two years programme started in Hódmezővásárhely for the preservation of ceramic and small crafts. Twelve European towns won 540 million HUF, from which 120 million HUF will arrive at the South-Plain town.  

In a Social Occupy Company, haversacks and table-clothes are made, and among the employees, there are several, who are the masters of folk-art. Unfortunately, shops can be found only in Budapest. From this fact, the leaders of the town thought that shops will be formed in late Majolika factory. Besides embroideries, different kind of ceramics, table-clothes, cushions, moreover palinka, honey or paprika will also be bought by tourists here. According to Zsuzsa Pannonhalmi, if this conception realized, the plaza of ceramic would come true. But the condition of it, is the revitalization of handcrafts what they would like to realize till 2011 and after that, the reconstruction of Majolika factory will start.

Related videos: http://www.dunatv.hu/felsomenu/nettv?video=1_492642 

 

MAGYAR NEMZETMozaik - 20th February, 2009 

Ceramic-strategy of European Union is made by a Hungarian town’s leading

 

More than 2 million EURO was won by the group, lead by Hódmezővásárhely, under EU’s INTERREG IVC program for the elaboration of ceramic-strategy; the South-Plain town’s part is 500 thousand EURO- told dr. János Lázár, mayor on Friday at a press conference connecting international Kick-off Conference.

János Lázár emphasized: „the town regards important the realization of this model project, because we would like to revital the ceramic traditions of the town and this region. The conditions of the cooperation of creamic and small craft and the revitalization of handicraft have already resided in Hódmezővásárhely. The folkart tradition, from which the modern design industry can feed has been present, just like the important fineart background, small craft base and a multinational background too. The aim is that the town become the centre of today ceramic making. Beside local purposes, the common target of the project that with the leading of Hódmezővásárhely, the twelve partner towns and organisations of EU create common strategy in this topic. After it, the completed plans will be used in the future by the institutions responsible for regional development of union in order to preserve small crafts sector and reinforce them”.

The Interreg expert of the project, Hen Gerritse said that about 500 communities had handled projects in this program, from which only 37 have won support. The speciality of Hódmezővásárhely project that it focused on only one industry, which permit of employment developments to which small and big scale entreprizes could also be involved.The partners in the project are mostly towns and organizations which have important roles in the area of ceramic, they are the following:
Vallauris from France, Alcobaca, Adere-Peneda Geres National Park and INTELI Innovation centre in Lisboa from Portugal, Hoya de Bunol Chiva Region form Spain, Milies, Paggaio from Greece, Velika Polana from Slovenia and least but not last, Turda, Corund and Baia Mare from Romania. 

 

Superpress, Hódmezővásárhely magazin 27th February, 2009

 „Twelve potters deliberate

Vásárhely is the centre of the European Ceramica project 

The partners of the successful INTERREG IVC CeRamICa project launched a more than two million EURO cooperation in Hódmezővásárhely. The Kick-off Conference, which was held on Thursday and Friday in the town, the partners emphasized that the revitalization of the traditions of pottery, small crafts is in close connection with the common European cultural heritage.  In the name of the host, and at the same time, the leader of the project, dr. János Lázár, mayor opened the Conference with the following words: Hódmezővásárhely has not become undeservedly the coordinator of the common programme, because the ceramic culture has living culture and traditions here, moreover the folk-art knowledge, small and multinational background and the conditions of training are given. One quarter part of the money, which is not a small amount of money, will be given for the lead partner Hódmezővásárhely- told the mayor.Jean-Pierre Henry, the vice-mayor of the French sistercity, Vallauris, explained: a bridge will be constructed between traditions and future with the redevelopment of ceramic sector. Hen Gerritse, EU expert told that in the project system of INTERREG IVC, common undertaking will bring new methods, technologies and developments in the life of regions, which instict further investments. At the conference, lots of speakers speak about economic crisis, which will has an imperative influence on the speed up of European cooperations.

 Partners of CeRamICa project:

·       Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary, LP
·       Corund, Baia Mare, Turda,  Romania
·       Velika Polana, Slovenia
·       Vallauris, France
·       Hoya de  Bunol, Spain
·       INTELI, Alcobaca, Adere-Peneda Geres, Portugal
·       Milies, Paggaio, Greece 

Among Hungarian speakers, István Almási, vice-mayor, delineated the characteristics of 7000 years-old ceramic culture of Vásárhely. He emphasized that though Vásárhely was a town, however more, various potter traditions were here and lived beside each other. Anikó Varga, project manager spoke about the result and ouputs of the project, which mostly measure in innovation, development of local culture and vivify of entrepreneurs. Zoltán Hegedűs revealed that in Hungary there has been a period, in the ’50s-’60s, when folk crafts have flourished. „We have to examine, what we can realize from this today in this situation”- told the representative.       

 

New Hódmezővásárhely newspaper February, 2009 

Vásárhely leads an Union programme 

Small crafts will be resuscitated

  The Union strategy for the resuscitation of ceramic and small crafts sector is made by the guidance of Vásárhely. With the participation of the representatives of 12 institutions of European Union, two days CeRamICa Kick-off Conference was held in the Assembly Hall of the Town Hall of Hódmezővásárhely.

   Under INTERREG IVC Programme for the initiation of Hódmezővásárhely and its French sistercity, Vallauris, 12 partner institutions of the European Union: Alcobaca, INTELI Innovation Centre in Lisboa and Adere-Peneda Geres National Park from Portugal, Hoya-Bunol Chivas Region from Spain, Milies and Paggaio from Greece, Velika Polana from Slovenia and Turda, Corund, Baia Mare from Romania won 2 million 117 thousand EURO. From this amount of money, the part of the lead partner, Hódmezővásárhely, is 500 thousand EURO.   The aim of the project is the share of European knowledge in order that suitable and adaptable strategy will be made for the preservation and transformation of small crafts, because these represent significant values for the next generation, but their transformation is also important in order to become profitable and developping in every regions of the EU. 500 projects have been handled in, and among successful projects, CeRamICa- Ceramics and crafts Industries’ Increased Cooperation could also be found.   Three years are for the realization of project. The common work has started with the analyses of present state, Kick-off Conference was held on 20th February in the Town Hall of Hódmezővásárhely. The participants will realize common strategies regarding and using their own experiences, earlier European successful models which are also adaptable in practice too. The project important and desirable aim is to make recommendations, for which later, the European Union ensure development sources.   The lead partner, Hódmezővásárhely, also wishes that during CeRamICa project the local ceramic and small craft sector will be able to renew, leaning on professional knowledge and traditions, moreover due to the change of product-system it can produce marketable and competitive products and it will become the engine of local economy ensuring proper wages.  

 

 

Website of the Municiaplity of Hódmezővásárhely 20th February, 2009 

Ceramic-strategy of European Union is made by a Hungarian town’s leading

   More than 2 million EURO was won by the group, lead by Hódmezővásárhely, under EU’s INTERREG IVC program for the elaboration of ceramic-strategy; the South-Plain town’s part is 500 thousand EURO- told dr. János Lázár, mayor on Friday at a press conference connecting international Kick-off Conference.János Lázár emphasized: „the town regards important the realization of this model project, because we would like to revital the ceramic traditions of the town and this region. The conditions of the cooperation of creamic and small craft and the revitalization of handicraft have already resided in Hódmezővásárhely. The folkart tradition, from which the modern design industry can feed has been present, just like the important fineart background, small craft base and a multinational background too. The aim is that the town become the centre of today ceramic making. Beside local purposes, the common target of the project that with the leading of Hódmezővásárhely, the twelve partner towns and organisations of EU create common strategy in this topic. After it, the completed plans will be used in the future by the institutions responsible for regional development of union in order to preserve small crafts sector and reinforce them”.   The Interreg expert of the project, Hen Gerritse said that about 500 communities had handled projects in this program, from which only 37 have won support. The speciality of Hódmezővásárhely project that it focused on only one industry, which permit of employment developments to which small and big scale entreprizes could also be involved.  The partners in the project are mostly towns and organizations which have important roles in the area of ceramic, they are the following:Vallauris from France, Alcobaca, Adere-Peneda Geres National Park and INTELI Innovation centre in Lisboa from Portugal, Hoya de Bunol Chiva Region form Spain, Milies, Paggaio from Greece, Velika Polana from Slovenia and least but not last, Turda, Corund and Baia Mare from Romania. 

 

 

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