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.



Lorraine is situated in the north-eastern corner of France, bordering Luxemburg, Belgium and Germany. The region has a surface area of 23 547 square kilometres and inhabits 2,3 million people. The region has, on average, 99.2 inhabitants per square kilometres. 25 percent of the population is younger than 20 years old but due to an increased life expectancy and a drop in birth rates the figure is likely to change.

The two biggest cities in the region are Nancy and Metz which both have a population around 330 000. The region has 75 000 students located at 4 universities, 8 University Institutes of Technology, 16 engineering schools and 120 Laboratories.

Lorraine is one of the most diversified economies in France and has a working population of 1 100 000 people divided into the service sector (60 percent), industry sector (20 percent), trade (13 percent), construction (6 percent) and agriculture (1 percent). These contribute to the regional GDP of € 24 606 per capita. Recently the region has opened itself to other fields of activity such as automotive, electronics or plastics industries.

Demographic challenges have a huge importance for Lorraine (ageing population, demographic imbalances, weak net migratory rate). Lorraine is one of the first five regions for which the ageing will be the most marked in France. The region is going to accuse an acceleration of the ageing and especially the strong decrease on behalf of the young people.
Participating in Creator, the Lorraine Region wishes to improve regional policies in relation with demographic challenges and learn more from new models and strategies developed by partner regions. Lorraine is in capacity of sharing interesting experiences such as tools dedicated to demographic challenges target groups like a financial tool encouringing the development of new services and creation of SME, or the use of ICT in new services to people. To read more