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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 Sustainable Agriculture.

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 Programme .

'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 years!'

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!


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