Development priorities for Eastern Finland

The joint Sustainable Growth and Jobs 2014–2020 structural fund programme is being realised throughout mainland Finland and includes both European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) activities.  Eastern and Northern Finland are sparely populated northern regions the development of which the EU has decided to support with abundant aid.

In addition to the Sustainable Growth and Jobs Programme, Finland's so-called national development themes and the plans of certain ministries are used to specify national priorities. If a project's activities and benefits can be expanded to the national level, either with the help of partners or by the organisation itself, national thematic programmes can be a good source of funding.

Eastern Finland, as part of the northern sparsely populated area, will face great challenges during the coming programme period. The most significant of these are the expansion of globalisation, climate change, energy prices and changes in energy policy, as well as an aging population structure and population decline in broad areas. Realisation of activities that will improve accessibility is essential if the region wishes to improve the competitiveness of its areas and their economy. Development priorities in Finland's Eastern and Northern regions have been specified in the regional plan for Eastern and Northern Finland, which supplements the Sustainable Growth and Labour Programme.

In addition to national and Eastern and Northern Finland's priorities, each region has selected its own priorities, which it will aim to focus funds on. On these webpages, you will find a general description of the priorities set by each of Eastern Finland's regions.

Regional management committees

Each region's regional management committee will coordinate structural fund activities through their region. The committee also monitors and supervises the systematic realisation of structural fund programmes. The members of a regional management committee comprise representatives from trade unions, the region's authorities and the region's largest municipalities. Generally, regional management committees meet once a month. The minutes for regional management committee meetings can be found under the section that lists each region's priorities.