iMeeting: presentación de Rosa Vihavainen. Helsinki Regional Council

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  • iMeeting: presentación de Rosa Vihavainen. Helsinki Regional Council

    1. 1. A SUCCESS STORY: Rail Baltica Growth Corridor BEST PRACTICES PRESENTATIONS SEVILLE, 16TH DECEMBER 2013 ROSA VIHAVAINEN, EDUCATION AND INNOVATION EXPERT HELSINKI-UUSIMAA REGIONAL COUNCIL
    2. 2. PROJECT BACKGROUND Rail Baltica Growth Corridor: •21 partners in 7 countries - Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany •9 cities, 6 regions, 5 research institutions, 1 public transport authority •Lead Partner: City of Helsinki •24 Associate Organizations: Ministries, railway companies, universities, logistics development organizations and projects •Duration: 3 years, 2011 - 2013 •Budget: 3,6 M EUR •Funding: European Regional Development Fund
    3. 3. PROJECT BACKGROUND • Background: in 2006 Baltic Metropoles’ network defined Fehmarn Belt (between the German island of Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland) and Rail Baltica as the two most important transport infrastructural projects •From Finland’s point of view: as travel connections elsewhere in Europe improve and travel times shorten, a risk that Finland will be isolated •Objective: to improve the competitiveness and accessibility of cities and regions in the Eastern Baltic Sea Region through increased interaction and cooperation •Focus on improving passenger mobility and freight transportation •Organization of multilevel dialogue about transport policies of Baltic countries
    4. 4. 7.2.2013
    5. 5. Blue line: existing connections Red line: the Rail Baltica plan 7.2.2013
    6. 6. PROJECT ACTIVITIES •The Connectivity Pilot for passenger transport improves the accessibility of the Baltic Sea Region by introducing an integrated door-to-door travel planner for long-distance and local public transport in the project region •The Logistics Pilot for freight transport harmonizes the services of the logistics centres in Baltic States and strives to create new service products for global freight flows
    7. 7. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS •Extensive stakeholder inclusion and policy dialogue  commitment of cities and regions •The project’s work will continue following the Growth Strategy •Preparation of Rail Baltic Branding project and the governance model has begun •Ultimate goal: to build a railway from Warsaw to Tallinn (to Helsinki), to connect Central and Eastern Europe
    8. 8. A SUCCESS STORY: Innovative Services for International Talents – Easier Access to the CBSR (EXPAT project) BEST PRACTICES PRESENTATIONS SEVILLE, 16TH DECEMBER 2013
    9. 9. PROJECT BACKGROUND Innovative Services for International Talents – Easier Access to the CBSR (EXPAT project) •Duration: 2 years (2012-2013) •Budget: 1,3 M EUR •Program: Central Baltic INTERREG IV A Programme 2007-2013 •Partners: •Finland: •Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council (Lead Partner), Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Culminatum Innovation Ltd •Turku Science Park (Western Finland), Regional Council of South-West Finland •Sweden: City of Uppsala •Estonia: Institute of Baltic Studies, E-Governance Academy •Latvia: Riga Planning Region, University of Latvia •Objectives: to make the region more attractive for international skilled workforce, students and professionals, their spouses and families, by improving soft landing services and by facilitating creation of social networks • Importance of social integration highlighted
    10. 10. PROJECT ACTIVITIES •Analysis of the local immigration policies, current services and expats’ needs in partner regions and comparison with other regions •Survey research on how expats experience the level of immigration services, how their social integration has succeeded in the participant regions •Workshops and seminars •Case studies in Stockholm and Amsterdam •Other regions’ best practices: review of Toronto’s settling-in services for immigrants •Introduction of new practices •Online portal for sharing project activities and results, for partners and stakeholders •Cooperation initiatives to enhance cooperation among public, private and third sector actors
    11. 11. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS •Need to improve immigration services for skilled workforce demonstrated •Policy recommendations, e.g.: • To increase awareness of the region’s need for skilled labour as a decisive factor for global competitiveness •Holistic approach on services: improvement of coordination of local immigration services and need to network public and private sector service providers • To increase information on soft landing services for expats •Development of regional immigration policy, focusing on expats’ social integration and wellbeing
    12. 12. GENERAL CHALLENGES ON THE PERIOD 20072013 •Need for simplification of the application process •Funding for the preparation of large-scale projects needed •Fragmentation of the themes of the projects  weaker overall impact •Measuring impact difficult
    13. 13. GENERAL CONCLUSIONS •Closer cooperation needed with neighbouring regions and the central government to increase impact of the regional development planning  New regional strategic plan 2040 (Uusimaa programme) developed together with the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (governmental agency)
    14. 14. THANK YOU Rosa Vihavainen Education and Innovation Expert Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Rosa.vihavainen@uudenmaanliitto.fi

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