The CLAY project continues with interesting developments, as part of the Interreg Europe program.

On the 23rd and 24th of February 2021 CLAY partners and Stakeholders met to share and discuss action plans which will lead to policy improvements in the partner regions of the Interreg project.

The meeting was led by Regione Umbria (Italy), that also presented an action plan to link ceramics businesses and university in order to boost innovation in product and design quality, processes and marketing.

Pole Céramique (France) addresses the need to access information about support for ceramic SMEs in order to innovate design and know how, answering to new trends.

Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia (Finland) is creating a service path description and a networking structure to provide ceramics and craft SMEs with information to access funds and advisory, but also tackling the need for public visibility.

CTCV (Portugal) is working on extending a voucher scheme to support artistic and artisanal ceramic business to promote innovation, internationalization and R&D.

South West Oltenia (Romania) is fostering interdisciplinary and intersectoral cooperation through the preservation and innovation of craft ceramics, the integration of product and services and consumer education.

The next event of the project will be the "Taking Stock - Innovation in Ceramics", the final event of Phase 1 which will still take place online, during the last week of May, and will be open to the public.

More news will follow, with details on the Action Plans and the Taking Stock event.