The EOI Business School in Madrid (Escuela de Organización Industrial), headquarters of Fundesarte-EOI, welcomed the most recent meeting of the managing committee of the European branch of World Crafts Council (WCC-Europe), with the board in presence, led by Louise Allen, who is in charge of innovation and design for the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. The meeting served as a preparation for the upcoming general meeting, which will take place in Italy in June, when they will also decide on aloowing new members into the European network, such as the Consorci de Comerç, Artesania i Moda de Cataluña (CCAM), the Oficio y Arte (the Spanish Artisans Organisation), Crafts Northern Ireland and the European Textile Network.
The World Crafts Council (WCC) was established in 1964 as a non-profit membership organisation. It was set up to promote an international interest in crafts and encourage contact between the craftspeople of different countries. Although the WCC was founded by an American, Mrs Aileen Vanderbilt Webb. the first European Board to be elected in Kyoto in 1978. The European Assembly has continued as an annual event since 1977. It remains a valuable means of reinforcing international cooperation between crafts organisations in Europe.