Date: 26-4-2016. The recently submitted Interreg-application ‘Grensinfovoorziening Vlaanderen-Nederland’’ (‘Cross-border information provision Flanders-Netherlands’), in which Aranco had a supportive role on behalf of the lead partner SVB, has been approved. The project will be formally launched on June 1st.

UPDATE: 16-6-2016. Part of the contract for executing the project has been awarded to Aranco, specifically for the role of network coordinator. Part of this role is to produce a business plan for this cross-border information structure, as well as a communication plan. The duration of the contract is, in accordance with the duration of the project, three years.

Date: 12-4-2016. In a recent study researchers of the University of Groningen criticize the Dutch policy with regard to cross-border labour mobility. The current policy is, according to the researchers, too optimistic. They argue that a realistic policy towards cross-border labour mobility should meet at least three preconditions:

  1. In the first place, there should be an empirical basis that allows for the determination of the specific characteristics of the cross-border labour market.
  2. Next, evidence-based evaluations of policy efforts should be conducted.
  3. Finally, a successful cross-border labour market policy should by definition be two-sided (so involving both countries).

The recently submitted Interreg-application ‘Grensinfovoorziening Vlaanderen-Nederland’ (Cross-border information provision Flanders-Netherlands’), in which Aranco had a supportive role on behalf of the lead partner SVB, could make an important contribution to these preconditions:

  1. Stimulating the functioning of the cross-border labour market is included as an integral part of the application.
  2. Monitoring systems will be created, in order to measure the scope, impact and quality of the cross-border information services.
  3. The Interreg-application is a joint Flemish-Dutch initiative, consisting of more than 10 partners from both areas (amongst others municipalities, provinces, employers’ organisations, labour unions, employment organisations and educational organisations).

The full article on the study of the University of Groningen can be read here: 

Date: 29-3-2016. As Aranco is getting more and more questions from abroad, our website is now also available in English.

Date: 3/17/2016. NOIR Fashion Café in Roermond started on March 1, 2015 based on a business plan drawn up by Aranco. NOIR has an innovative, innovative, “Food-Fashion-Living” concept (or as the slogan of the business goes: “Fashion with a bite”) and is therefore unique in the region. Catering is combined with women’s fashion and lifestyle products. NOIR can now look back on a successful first year.

On March 16, Dagblad de Limburger paid attention to NOIR, as part of its first anniversary. The article mentions NOIR as one of the most far-reaching examples of blurring (“mixing various ‘branches of sport’ in one store”) in Roermond.

For more information, see the NOIR Fashion Café website:

Date: 12/22/2015. As part of the national energy agreement, governments, and more specifically municipalities and water boards, have committed themselves to generating 100% sustainable energy consumption by 2024 at the latest. Riothermie, a technology with which thermal energy can be recovered from wastewater in the sewer system, can make an important contribution to this. Sewer heat in new-build sewer systems, with specially developed sewer pipes with built-in heat exchangers, has already been used successfully in a number of projects in Europe. Together with a number of partners, sewer renovation specialist Van de Kreeke, with branches in Nuth and Halen (B), is convinced that the application of sewage heating in existing sewer systems offers great opportunities. It is important to develop and use a suitable “sewage built-in heat exchanger” with corresponding installation method. Aranco has been asked to carry out a feasibility study, in which both the fundamental technical feasibility is assessed, as well as investigating which variables are relevant to the economic feasibility of the concept. Among other things, two business cases for the use of riothermics will be drawn up, on the one hand from the viewpoint of a supplying organisation of the concept and on the other from the viewpoint of the heat consumer.

Date: 15-12-2015. We previously reported that Aranco, acting as network coordinator, has supported the Bureau Belgisch Zaken (BBZ) of the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) with the development and submission of an Interreg V project in the Flanders-Netherlands program area. The original application was submitted on June 30, 2015. On September 16, the Supervisory Committee of the Interreg Flanders-Netherlands program decided that, although the project responds to the problem of the cross-border labour market and the need to make it more accessible to the working population, the integrated approach for the entire border region was not (yet) guaranteed.

In recent months, in close collaboration with the project partners, we have worked towards a revised application, in which the role of each partner has been further elaborated and in addition, the Municipality of Maastricht has also joined the project as a partner. In addition to the ‘region west’ (geographically the area of ​​the provinces of East and West Flanders and Zeeland) and the ‘region center’ (geographically the area of ​​the provinces of Antwerp and North Brabant), the ‘region east’ ( geographically the area of ​​the two provinces of Limburg) is now formally part of the project. The integrated approach of the entire Flemish-Dutch cross-border u market is thus guaranteed.

The revised application was submitted on December 14th. If the Interreg application is approved by the Supervisory Committee, the project will start on April 1, and will have a duration of three years. A decision on this is expected in early 2016.

Date: 9/10/2015. Aranco was recently asked by the municipality of Nuth to draw up an economic positioning memorandum for the municipality.

The municipality of Nuth, with approximately 1,260 established companies, is the driving force behind the rural municipalities in the Parkstad region and has three business parks that partly also fulfill a supra-regional role. The broader region of which Nuth is a part is in a state of flux, with initiatives such as IBA Parkstad, LED as well as the economic policy of the province of Limburg creating new dynamics and offering new opportunities for the region.

About 73% of the jobs in Nuth are filled by employees from outside the municipality. At the same time, 67% of the residents of Nuth work outside the municipality. The local prosperity of Nuth is therefore highly dependent on economic developments in the broader region. In carrying out our assignment, we therefore included these region-wide economic developments and opportunities in our analysis in particular. Main conclusions:

1. Proactive cooperation in the various regions creates the most effect and (mutual) benefit

2. The most promising spearhead sectors for Nuth are: construction & sustainable energy; trade, transport & logistics; new (smart / ICT based) services.

Date: 30-6-2015. In recent months, Aranco, acting as network coordinator, has supported the Bureau Belgisch Zaken (BBZ) of the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) with the development and submission of an Interreg V project, in the Flanders-Netherlands program area.

The aim of the ‘Border information provision Flanders-Netherlands’ project is to establish a more uniform structure of border information provision in the Flemish-Dutch border area in a sustainable manner and to create a link to cross-border job placement. This is in order to be able to carry out the border information provision to current, potential and former border workers, as well as to employers (especially SMEs) as well and efficiently as possible and thus facilitate cross-border work as well as possible.

BBZ acts as lead partner within this project, in a project structure with a total of 17 Flemish and Dutch partners and co-financiers. In addition to SVB / BBZ, the Belgian provinces of Antwerp, East Flanders and West Flanders, the Dutch provinces of Zeeland and Noord-Brabant, the Flemish Employment and Vocational Training Service (VDAB), the Benelux, Voka Chamber of Commerce East Flanders also participate. , Municipality of Bergen op Zoom, Dethon, EGTS Linieland van Waas and Hulst, UWV Werkbedrijf West-Brabant & Zeeland, the Technical University Alliance West Flanders (TUA West), the Brabant-Zeeland Employers’ Association, the Interregional Trade Union Council Schelde-Kempen, and the Belgian-Netherlands Border Consultation (Benego). The Province of Limburg (NL) and a party from the Eindhoven region to be determined will possibly join the project as ‘project partner light’ at a later date.

If the Interreg application is approved by the Supervisory Committee, the project will start on October 1, and will have a duration of three years. A decision on this is expected in September 2015.

In addition to his work at Aranco, Aranco consultant Wesley Jongen is working as a PhD candidate at Maastricht University (Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Department of International Health). Within his PhD research, Wesley focuses on the influence of the economic crisis on the quality of elderly care in the Netherlands and neighboring countries.

The first article entitled “The influence of the economic crisis on quality of care for older people: system readiness for innovation in Europe” was recently published in the scientific journal “Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research”. The article was written in collaboration with Professor Genc Burazeri and Professor Helmut Brand (also affiliated with UM’s International Health Department). The article describes the degree to which healthcare organisations in the Netherlands and Belgium are prepared for the aftermath of the economic crisis. The research showed, among other things, that Dutch healthcare organisations have responded more innovatively than Belgian healthcare organisations to the recent economic crisis. This does not mean that Belgian healthcare organisations are by definition “less innovative” than Dutch healthcare organisations. The need to respond to the economic crisis in an innovative way has proved less important among Belgian healthcare organisations because of, in particular, the difference in socio-political context.

For more info, see:


Jongen, W., Burazeri, G., & Brand, H. (2015). The Influence of the Economic Crisis on Quality of Care for Older People: System Readiness for Innovation in Europe. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research. doi: 10.1080 / 13511610.2015.1019839 (Advance online publication 2015 Mar 13)

Date: 3/4/2015. We previously reported on the InnovAward, an initiative of the Province of Limburg to raise awareness of and generate interest in positive innovative developments in the Limburg economy.

The nominees for the InnovAward 2015 have now been announced. This happened during a press conference at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus by Twan Beurskens, Deputy of the Province of Limburg. From the total number of submissions of 75, the InnovAward board ultimately nominated 20 projects (see The selection committee will continue to monitor the nominated projects and assess progress. A maximum of 5 winners will be announced during a festive gathering on Friday, November 20, 2015. So to be continued …