The General Directorate of Consumption and Crafts of the Region of Murcia hosted on Tuesday, January 31, the fourth meeting of the National Observatory of Crafts (ONA) that was held at the facilities of the Murcia Science Park. The Minister of Business, Social Economy and the Self-Employed, Valle Miguélez, highlighted the work of the Observatory, which "allows the sharing of experiences and collaboration strategies between those who are responsible for crafts from the different regions, establishing cooperation frameworks with entities of the national artisan sector and promoting crafts".

The meeting focused on the commercialization of the artisan product, the new consumption habits and the circumstances of the global market with which the craft must coexist. In addition to the technical meeting, in which different projects and initiatives were shared, the members of the Observatory participated in a round table made up of regional artisans who presented their experiences in the field of marketing.

The general director of Consumption and Crafts, Sonia Moreno; the director of the Development Institute (INFO), Joaquín Gómez; the person in charge of Fundesarte, Silvia Martín; the director of the EOI Foundation - Mediterranean, Fernando Garrido; the person in charge of the National Reference Center for Crafts, Antonio Suárez; the president of Oficio y Arte, the organization of artisans in Spain, Lala de Dios; as well as its vice president, Félix Sanz, attended the meeting together with representatives of the public administrations of 11 autonomous communities: Aragón, Principality of Asturias, Canary Islands, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Galicia, Navarra, La Rioja, Community of Madrid and Valencian Community.

The Observatory was re-established in June 2021 within the framework of the European Crafts Code project, when the need to collaborate between public agents in the craft sector was detected to face the new challenges of society and define common strategies.