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A strong tradition in the ceramics industry and for two years they shared their experiences and developed local policies adapted to this changing economic context in order to make ceramics an asset for their territory in terms of innovation, cultural dynamism and attractiveness.

The UNIC network consists of nine European cities with long and vivid histories in the ceramics industry and manufacturing.

The principal challenge addressed was to develop and encourage adequate policy responses. The strategies and action plans helped cities to identify possible paths from traditional industry towards a sustainable innovation-driven economy, while preserving and using the cities' asset of a common, strong industrial heritage.

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Integrated action plans

An Integrated Action Plan (IAP) is a policy instrument that is produced by Action Planning networks within a period of 12 - 14 months after the beginning of their activities. The aim of the IAP is to respond in a concrete way to a urban challenge, which is common to all involved cities. Each partner city develops its own IAP, so all plans are unique in terms of local circumstances, territorial coverage and, most of all, the context in which this tool is proposed to be implemented. The creation and validation of this instrument relies in a collective undertaking, designed to strengthen commitment and to increase the prospect of sustainable delivery. In this sense, every partner city must establish a URBACT Local Group (ULG), in order to gather implicated stakeholders to co-create and participate in this process.Thus, the IAP reflect and integrate all ULG members' knowledge and learning from transnational exchange.
  • Limoges
  • Aveiro
  • Seville
  • Castellón
  • Faenza
  • Pécs
  • Cluj-Napoca
  • Delft
  • Stoke-On-Trent