Policy sharing, policy learning

INTERREG IVC Thematic Capitalisation Event

Brussels, Belgium

May 2014 22 Register Now

Renewable energy


Renewable energies are already responsible for over 1.2 million jobs in the EU, and the industry has a turnover of more than €125 million. They therefore present many opportunities for regions, in terms of energy security, economic performance and social inclusion. This workshop will explore policy instruments that regions can use for boosting renewable energy use from the perspectives of regional authorities, industry and research centres.




Simon Hunkin

Expert in Renewable energy, Greenovate!Europe, Belgium

Mr Hunkin holds responsibilities in communications, policy and projects at Greenovate! Europe. Prior to this, he worked for a British electoral reform campaign and a member of the House of Commons. Simon holds a BA in History and an MA in European Studies (politics and economics) from King’s College London, with a specialisation in European-level lobbying and environmental policy-making.

Katharina Krell 

Expert in Renewable energy, Greenovate! Europe, Belgium

Ms Krell is co-founder and Managing Director of Greenovate! Europe, and previously worked as Secretary General for EUREC Agency, representing Europe's top renewable energy R&D centres. Here she co-ordinated the ProRETT project for promoting renewable energy technology transfer. Katharina holds a BA in International Relations and an MBA from United Business Institutes in Brussels.

Astrid Severin

Expert in Renewable energy, Greenovate! Europe, Belgium

Ms Severin is co-founder and Managing Director of Greenovate! Europe, and previously worked as Policy Officer at DG Enterprise and Industry. Being responsible for the PAXIS initiative, she gained substantial experience in regional innovation policy for innovation financing, technology transfer, incubation, and innovation management. Before joining the Commission, Astrid was a senior consultant at Saatchi & Saatchi Business Communications.


Ioannis Fallas   

Director, Cluster of Bioenergy and Environment of West Macedonia, Greece

Dr Fallas is the Director of the West Macedonia Bioenergy and Environment Cluster in Greece. For more than 20 years, he has been managing many EU cooperation projects (FP7, Interreg, Med, Black Sea, etc), lately focusing on European wood, biomass and bioenergy clusters. Ioanis is a mining engineer and holds a PhD degree on clusters from the Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki.

Mélanie Rasquin  

Coordinator, Grants and Partnership Unit - Municipality of Schaerbeek, Belgium

Ms Rasquin, as a coordinator of the Grants and Partnerships unit of the municipality of Schaerbeek, is managing all projects fully or partly financed by outside partners, including the European Union. In this framework, she was the coordinator for Schaerbeek of the project EU 2020 Going Local, financed by INTERREG IVC. She has 12 years' experience in projects and programmes management, including strategic planning and development, in both public and private sector. 

Sixto Santonja-Hernandez 

Project Manager, ITE, Spain

Mr Santonja has over 22 years' experience in the telecommunications and energy sectors. Currently he is Project Manager at ITE (Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía) working on several projects on Smart Grids, Renewable Energies, eMobility, etc. Sixto coordinates two European FP7 projects: SMARTV2G and MOBINCITY.


Event report

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


Renewable energy


Astrid Severin, Katharina Krell, Simon Hunkin / Renewable Energies: Regions contributing to the 2020 targets


Renewable energy


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