DOKKUM, 5, 6 AND 7 JUNE 2014


for the seventeenth and final international project partner meeting of the INTERREG IVB NSR project Vital Rural Area on

Wednesday 4  and Thursday 5 June 2014 in Dokkum (NL),

Venue: Town Hall, address details/map to be provided later;

Final “Get together event”,Friday 6 June 2014, Dokkum (NL),
Venue: Restaurant “de IJsherberg”

All venues and both Dokkum hotels (see last page) are within walking distance (5-10 mins) of each other in the small and cosy centrum of Dokkum! See the now customised map on:




Arrival and check in. Best travel options (plane) through Schiphol/Amsterdam airport. Onwards travel by train to Leeuwarden (, a shuttle bus or taxi from there to be arranged.

Details on these travel arrangements have been discussed with those travelling by plane. For hotel details: see last page.

The meeting sessions will be organised in a central room, which can be divided into 4-5 workshops (tables) if required. Internet access will be provided.

Afternoon Venue: Town Hall, Dokkum
  • 12.00-12.45
Coffee, lunch available for all (early) arrivals
  • 14.00
“Europe closer to the Citizen”
 Opening and welcome by Mr Bauke Schat, project director and Marga Waanders, host – mayor of Dongeradeel (including Dokkum) and President Vital Rural Area Steering Group
  • 14.15
Vital Revisited”: Overall reflection on the project 
(Wietse Hermanns, Peter Laan, all) Reflection by all partners in short pitches (max. 3 minutes per partner, please be prepared!) on the best local pilot/practice, impacts realised and lessons learnt; to be continued on June 5 and 6  [ Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, Vejenm Kommun, Rogaland, Fryslan ] :
  • 15.30
Coffee/tea break
  • 15.45
“Some last red tape”: Formalities, financial issues, final project deliverables, followed by…
  • ca. 16.15
Don’t shoot the messenger!”: storytelling on anything special, funny… or just worth mentioning, that happened during all of the “Vital” years. Be prepared to (re)act, bring items, pictures (please  send beforehand if you want them on screen), etc.!
  • 17.30
End of the meeting, informal drink
  • 19.00
Dinner at “de Abdij”, see: hotels



RAP, Jeannette Groeneveld-Verdonk, projectmanager gemeente Terneuzen

  Venue: Town Hall, Dokkum
  • 9.00
Welcome, coffee
  • 9.30
Opening by Bauke Schat  
Reflection (day 1) and perspectives
  • 9.45
Peter Laan  on the dissemination and evolution of Vital themes
  • 10.00
Interactive inspiration training by Niels Götz (5 plus1 marketing & communicatie) on motivation factors for innovation and cooperation.
Tasks derived from training to be used in afternoon session 
  • 12.30
  • 13.00
“Expedition Northeast Fryslân”
Excursions to different sites (also open to additional guests from you or new partners!):
  • Streekhuis Burgum: Kenniswerkplaats -> governance, CAA approach and Branding/”Dwaande” campaign (all, 2 separate groups to choose from for next stops:) 
  • Group 1: Tour to/ information about a regional nature and tourism project “Noardlike Fryske Walden”;
  • Innovatiehuis Lauwersdelta, Buitenpost (Henk Evers)  -> SME Empowerment and Broadband, presentation on the concept and various projects; Walk from the Innovatiehuis to De Kruidentuin
  • Group 2: Educational perspectives related to chances for the region: International school exchange, ‘Klasseglas’ and other projects (school Harkema, Willem Wouda; followed by a presentation (Detje Kortwijk/Lieuwe Feenstra) on sustainable education and development at the Friese Poort, and:
  • (second stop) Health and community building -> dorpsportaal Burum and related (health) services and projects (Ms. Trees Flapper).
  • Due to limited space on location some presentations may be scheduled earlier, at the Streekhuis!
  • 16.30
Final, Vital (Self-)Reflective session at De Kruidhof, Buitenpost: after a short session with Niels Götz on the “tasks” provided at the morning training, there is time for short relaxing walks through the herb garden and to have a look at and talks about some regional (Dwaande) products and projects …
  • 17.30/18.00
Return to Dokkum, informal drinks
  • 19.00
Dinner and “Final Party” of the Vital Rural Area project/partnership, at the Abdij!


FRIDAY 6 JUNE 2014 “Get together” dissemination event

  Venue: Restaurant de IJsherberg, Dokkum
  • 9.30
Registration, coffee
  • 10.00
Opening by Bauke Schat and Peter Laan
  • 10.05
Inspiration by key-note speaker: Prof. Dr. Frans Boekema (Radboud University Nijmegen, NL) – New perspectives for regional development based on a case study
  • 10.40
Introduction on the Vital project and the function of Observatories, Peter Laan 
  • 10.50
Short introduction by new partners: David Tuohy (Cork Region, Ireland) Mateusz Samol (Leszno region, Poland) Gabriela Codrea (Sibiu County, Romania) Dirk Harmsen (Sweden, optional) Jodie Giles (Plymouth, UK, to be confirmed)
  • 11.30
Group composition based on ‘Cooperation interest forms’; Coffee at the group discussion tables
  • 11.45
Workshop sessions: 
Partner exchange sessions around new themes and themes derived from Vital pilots/themes in 2 discussion groups (Wim Beernaert, Peter Laan) 
  • 12.50
Final plenary feedback and dissemination activities by Bauke Schat and Peter Laan
  • 13.00
  • 14.00
Network cafe (for those exploring new projects and partnerships)
  • 15.30
Closure, bilateral discussions and drinks
Optional Dinner at de Abdij


Travelling and booking details:

Departure: either after closure on Friday (early or late afternoon, depending on participation in the network cafe, or in the weekend of 7/8 June. Excursion, side programme for those staying longer: optional, can be discussed!

Travelling: on arrival at Schiphol airport, onward travel by train to Leeuwarden is the best option. Travel information:

From Leeuwarden and/or other stations (on request) a shuttle bus or taxi can be provided, depending on the arrival times.

Hotel Information: Please check your hotel bookings (on arrival or before) if necessary! Each partner is responsible to (book and) pay for his or her own accommodation. Please let us know any changes on your travellng and booking details in the registration form provided!

De Abdij, Dokkum (also dinner venue).

De Posthoorn, Dokkum. 

De Waard van Ternaard, Ternaard.