What are the priority axes and specific objectives of the programme?

'Sustainable growth and jobs 2014 - 2020 - Finland's structural funds programme'  has five priority axes and 13 specific objectives.  Each project must deliver at least one of these specific objectives.  No programme funding will be provided for activities of any other type.

The Finnish government has adopted a programme document, which must still be approved by the European Commission.

1. Competiveness of SMEs (ERDF)

  • Generating new business
  • Improving transport and logistic connections that are important to SMEs (only in Eastern and Northern Finland)
  • Promoting growth and internationalisation of enterprises
  • Promoting energy efficiency in SMEs

2. Producing and using the latest information and knowledge (ERDF)

  • Development of the centres of research, expertise and innovation on the basis of regional strengths
  • Strengthening innovation in enterprises
  • Developing solutions based on renewable energy and energy-efficient solutions

3. Employment and labour mobility (ESF)

  • Promotion of employment among the young and other groups that are in a weak position in the labour market
  • Improving productivity and well-being at work
  • Reducing gender segregation in education and work

4. Education, skills and lifelong learning (ESF)

  • Improving services supporting transitional periods and equality in education
  • Improving the availability and quality of education in growth sectors and sectors affected by structural change

5. Social inclusion and combating poverty (ESF)

  • Improving the working and functional capacity of people outside working life