CRAA – Centro Regional de Apoio ao Artesanato (Regional Centre for Handicrafts)

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Our nature and mission

CRAA is an executive service which is responsible for the implementation of regional policy in the areas of development and appreciation of traditional products, namely the regional handicrafts and handicraft production units, professional training and the coordination of multifunctional initiatives with development in the local environment.


Competences of the Regional Centre for Handicrafts:

a) Ensure the issuance of the artisan and the handicraft production unit certificate on the legal terms;

b) Specify and define the activities and professions that are considered as craft;

c) To clarify the processes in order of granting incentives to all crafts and the respective data inspection;

d) Proceed the collection of statistical data to enable knowledge and better definition of positive discrimination policies for the sector;

e) Develop studies and propose measures to promote regional handicrafts among interested economic agents;

f) Develop the necessary actions towards training and information of the artisans;

g) Ensure the image and quality of the artisanal product through the certification process Artesanato dos Açores;

h) Promote and inspect the productions certified by the collective brand Artesanato dos Açores and geographic indications;

i) Issue judgment on regional projects in the area of handicrafts, with an impact on economic activities;

j) Promote and stimulate regional crafts, both as a preserving element of collective memory and as a creative activity with economic potential;

k) Promote and organize fairs, exhibitions and regional, national and international fairs and coordinate the participation and the exchange of the Region in national or international networking;

l) Stimulate the creation of more competitive micro-enterprises, at quality and differentiation of some products predicated on the most relevant aspects of the cultural and natural heritage of the Region, combining innovation and tradition;

m) Develop cooperative relations with other national and international organizations, favoring the establishment of agreements and protocols that contribute to the cultural, social and economic promotion of the Region in the area of handicrafts;

n) Attribute merit mentions to the handicraft production units with consolidated and historically relevant career, whose work contributed to the preservation and expansion of the identity of the arts and crafts of the Azores;

o) Edit publications and texts of technical and promotional interest as a strategy to value artisanal products.