The CREATOR mini-program has been made possible by the INTERREG IVC and Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.


The workshops are the core activity of CREATOR. The mini-programme plan says the following: For enabling the partner regions of CREATOR to pro-actively address the particular opportunities resulting from a further ageing of their regional population, a continuous exchange of regional-level experiences and a joint in-depth work processes leading to a design of specific policy strategies / support tools is realised. 

In the workshops sub-project participants and regional coordinators are given the opportunity to exchange experiences about among other things project results. On this page you can find documents from the previous workshops.  The workshops will be documented in a workshop report in which the results of the workshops are presented.

The next workshop will be held in October 2012, in Häme, Finland.

1. The first interregional workshop in Asturias (October 2010)

The purpose of the first workshop was to obtain and discuss an inventory of all current policies addressing ageing in the concerned member states, the regions of CREATOR and the UK & Germany.

Thus a document “Elderly Care Synthesis” has been produced which gives an overview on the different situation in each country. Moreover the regional partners wanted to determine the key policy players for dealing with the challenges of ageing and also the role that can be played by the regions.  Thanks to this workshop the regional partners realized that the national and the local levels are the main policy actors but the regional level could be more actively involved in the near future.

Workshop output:  Elderly care synthesis

 2. The second workshop in Västerbotten (January 2011)

The workshop has contributed to identify, for every partner area, the EU-wide projects related to ageing in order to get an overview on what is done elsewhere and also with the purpose of considering the outcomes and activities of those projects in the context of CREATOR.

Thus, a document has been elaborated which summarizes the “EU projects dealing with an ageing population and services for elderly”. Thanks to this action, the regional partners have identified and have made contact with some projects promoters who can offer their expertise for the next workshops: for instance the Ruract network, intended to foster and make the transfer of experiences between European regions easier.

Workshop output:  EU projects dealing with an ageing population and services for elderly

3. The third workshop in Brescia (May 2011)

The primary objectives of the workshop were to bring together the regional partners and the participants of the already approved sub-projects and also to inform the subprojects participants about the current “state of the art” of policies addressing ageing thanks to the document “Elderly Care Synthesis”.
Moreover the workshop aimed to determine the method that will be used to identify good practices and for carrying out a practical transfer of those good practices from one area to another: both partners and subprojects participants will use the methodology developed by “Ruract”.

Minutes and programme

4. The fourth workshop in Oviedo (October 2011)

Expected outcomes from the workshop included the identification of the main topics and therefore the economic opportunities that CREATOR should take into account in order to determine how regions in Europe can prepare for the on-going ageing of their population and how to increase their policy-making capacity.

Thus a document “Opportunities to be taken into account for the development of new activities, methods, products, enterprises in the framework of CREATOR” has been elaborated.

Workshop report
Workshop output:  Opportunitites to be taken into account for the development of new activities, methods, products, enterprises in the framwork of CREATOR project

 5.  The fifth workshop in Wielkopolska (March 2012)

During this workshop, each sub-project nominated 3 best practices identified and connected to the topics of their project that have the potential to be transferred to other CREATOR regions.

These good practices were presented and thoroughly discussed in relation to its strengths and weaknesses, market potential etc., in order to improve products and services targeted at elderly.