On 1st June, Ruut LOUWERS (53) started as the new Director
of the NWE secretariat.
He lives in the South of Netherlands but now spends
his weeks in LIlle.
Ruut started his career in a private audit firm and continued auditing for
the Dutch ministry of Agriculture. After more than 10 years it
was time for a change and he left auditing completely to turn towards more
"future oriented" work in policies for Fisheries, and later for
Some 6 years ago he switched to the ministry of Housing, Spatial
Development and Environment (VROM) and became responsible for
INTERREG B and C in the Netherlands. After a reorganisation he worked on the
policy of Territorial Agenda for more than a year. But his heart
remained with INTERREG. This instrument to implement the policy of the
Territorial Agenda through concrete actions stayed in his mind.
So when the opportunity arose for further involvement and after a little
encouragement of some friends, he applied to lead the INTERREG IIIB NWE
|'In my view' he says 'it is a once in a
lifetime opportunity to get so closely involved with such a motivated JTS
team on such a challenging new Programme!' And he continues 'To
keep the Managing Authority, the 8 countries and the JTS-team aligned
around the main purpose of cooperation and communicate together the main
messages of NWE to the world is a beautiful mission for the coming
In his spare time Ruut sails a classical freight boat (tjalk) on the Dutch
inland waters and is member of the board governing an association of 1,200 of
such boats. And 'of course, as every Dutchman'
says he, his sport is speed skating!