Policy sharing, policy learning

INTERREG IVC Thematic Capitalisation Event

Brussels, Belgium

May 2014 22 Register Now

Demographic change

Most regions in Europe are affected by population loss, an ageing population or outmigration. The consequences often have a negative impact on public services, housing, the labour market and governance structures. In this workshop we discuss about possible solutions to deal with the consequences of demographic change and show how projects in INTERREG IVC have dealt with these challenges. Can demographic change also be an opportunity for a region? How can it be turned into an opportunity?


Roos Galjaard    

Expert in Demographic change, Bureau PAU, The Netherlands

Ms Galjaard has been working as researcher, consultant and project manager at Bureau PAU since 2007. She has more than ten years' experience with INTERREG projects specialised in demographic change and e-inclusion in ageing Europe. In addition, Roos conducted research on the consequences of demographic change in the province of Groningen and on policy responses to population decline in Scotland, France and Germany for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Netherlands. In 2012 she was appointed as expert to execute the INTERREG IVC capitalisation topic on Demographic Change.  She is also conducting the study on demographic change for the INTERREG IVB Central Europe programme.


Pertti Hermannek

Founder PH Projectmanagement & Consulting, Germany

Mr Hermannek is an expert in INTERREG, structural funds and European cohesion policy with 20 years of experience in these fields. He worked at the Investitionsbank Brandenburg for 15 years, implementing European grants and managed several INTERREG projects, among them the INTERREG IVC project, DART. He now works as a freelance consultant on project and programme development, management, communication and public affairs.

Dominique Lorrette

European Affairs Officer, Regional council of Lorraine, France

Mr Lorrette is European affairs officer at the Regional Council of Lorraine in France. In his current position, he manages various European projects financed by the INTERREG IVC, LIFE, Leonardo or Comenius programmes. He was one of the regional coordinators of INTERREG IVC “CREATOR” project. Dominique is also acting as a contact person for the INTERREG VB North-West Europe and INTERREG Europe programmes.

Iina Oilinki  

Senior Adviser, City of Helsinki, Finland

Ms Oilinki is a senior adviser at the City Executive Office, City Competitiveness Unit of the City of Helsinki. She has 14 years experience of managing European projects both at the city level and at various universities in the Helsinki region. Ms Oilinki holds a masters degree (M.Sc.) in sociology from the University of Helsinki.


Event report

Read the "photo-reportage" on the policy learning and the inspiring ideas we have exchanged in Brussels.


Demographic change


Roos Galjaard / Overview on Demographic change 

Dominique Lorette / Demographic Change: The improvement of regional policies in Lorraine (France)

Pertti Hermannek / DART – Declining, Ageing, Regional Transformation

Iina Oilinki / DESIGNING BETTER SERVICES - making ageing better


Demographic change


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