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Presentation of Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and Helsinki-Uusimaa Region

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  • 1. Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Helsinki-Uusimaa Region
  • 2. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Helsinki-Uusimaa Region Metropolis by the Baltic Sea Baltic Sea Region Helsinki-Uusimaa Region
  • 3. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Helsinki-Uusimaa Region • Home to 1,6 million inhabitants, which is more than a quarter of the country’s total population • The most urbanized area in Finland, but outside the metropolitan region there are still small towns, villages and rural areas • Situated on the south coast of Finland, with the Baltic Sea playing a major role in the region’s life
  • 4. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Capital Region of Finland • The largest demographic and consumption centre in Finland • Excellent environmental conditions – 300 km of coastline, two national parks • Qualified human capital and scientific resources • Concentration of central functions: economy, administration, leisure, culture, • International airport • Four large international ports
  • 5. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council ”The Helsinki- Uusimaa Region is the most urbanized area in Finland with the Baltic Sea playing a major role in its life.
  • 6. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Area and Municipalities Baltic Sea Tallinn St. Petersburg
  • 7. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Helsinki-Uusimaa Region Facts • 26 municipalities • Land area 9 440 km² • 1,6 million inhabitants, 29 % of the Finnish population • Population growth 15 000 / year • Official languages: Finnish 81,6 % and Swedish 8,4 % • Share of Finland’s GDP 38 % • Share of total Finnish labour force 31 % • Distribution of labour: services 82,8 %, processing 16,5 %, primary production 0,7 %
  • 8. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Helsinki-Uusimaa Region 2040 • The vision of Helsinki-Uusimaa Region 2040: ”Helsinki-Uusimaa Region – on top of the Baltic Sea Region” • The aim is to be on top of the Baltic Sea Region when it comes to creating and taking advantage of economic and mental growth, enabling a practical everyday life for the inhabitants and arranging activities in an ecologically and economically sustainable way.
  • 9. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council ”We are proud of our creativity, investment in research and development and technological knowledge.
  • 10. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Developer of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region • Joint regional authority for the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region • Mandated in law • Operates according to the principles of local self-government • Receives its funding from the 26 member municipalities • One of 18 regional councils in Finland • Budget 8,4 Million €
  • 11. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Regional Coordination Committees (18) Regional priorities Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council as part of the Public Sector in Finland Summary of Main Institutions President’s Office Ministries (12) Centres For Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (15) - Business and industry, labour force, competence and cultural activities - Transport and infrastructure - Environment and natural resources Regional State Administrative Agencies (6) - Basic public services, legal rights and permits - Occupational safety and health - Environmental permits - Fire and rescue services and preparedness - Police The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities Regional councils (18) Regional and land-use planning, cross-border cooperation 320 Municipalities
  • 12. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Main tasks of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council • Regional development • Regional planning • Lobbying nationally and internationally • National and EU projects • Long-term and short-term action plans
  • 13. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Regional Development System Land Use and Building Act Regional Development Act Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Programme Regional Land Use Plan Municipal Land Use Planning and Municipal Authority Decisions Implementation Plan For the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Programme National Land Use Guidelines Goals for National Regional Development Governmental Plans and Programs EU Programmes IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING
  • 14. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Programme • Includes a Regional Strategic Plan and a Regional Programme for the Helsinki- Uusimaa Region • Aims to lift the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region among the top actors in the Baltic Sea Region by 2040 • Sets out the general long-term development aims and outlines the development projects and activities for the following four-year period • Is drawn up by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council in close co-operation with the municipalities and other actors
  • 15. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Strategic development goals for 2040 • Platform for intelligent growth is based on sustainable development and intelligent solutions • Easy to reach and live and work in puts an emphasis on effortless transport, working and functioning, and an agreeable living environment • Clean and beautiful Helsinki-Uusimaa Region emphasizes a sensible use of natural resources, maintenance of natural diversity, and becoming carbon neutral
  • 16. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Smart specialisation in the Helsinki- Uusimaa Region – The strategy RIS3 The strategy on smart specialisation defines the specialisation themes that the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region will be focusing on from 2014 to 2020. Five specialisation themes: • Urban Cleantech • Human Health Tech • Digitalising Industry • Welfare City • Smart Citizen Each theme forms an umbrella, under which actors and stakeholders, skills and projects are gathered.
  • 17. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Regional Land Use Planning • The Regional Land Use Plans sets out the principles of land use and community structure • The Regional Land Use Plan is a long term plan and a guideline for the municipalities in drawing up and amending local master plans and local detailed plans • The making of the Regional Land Use Plans is mandated by the Land Use and Building Act • The Regional Land Use Plans are confirmed by the Ministry of the Environment
  • 18. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Regional Plan 4 for Helsinki-Uusimaa Region • The Regional Plan 4 for the Helsinki- Uusimaa Region aims to create preconditions for a competitive region offering well-being for its inhabitants, that is not exceeding the limits of sustainable development. • The plan has five themes: 1) Logistics 2) Wind energy 3) Business and innovation 4) Green infrastructure 5) Cultural heritage
  • 19. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council ”We are proud of our nature: the archipelago, the hills and the valleys offer excellent opportunities for recreation and leisure.
  • 20. Regional Development Mr Juha Eskelinen Development of the region EU Services Structural Funds for Southern Finland Administration Ms Paula Autioniemi Communication Ms Inka Kanerva International networks Mr Jaakko Mikkola Regional Land Use Planning Ms Merja Vikman-Kanerva Land Use and Transport Monitoring and promoting the implementation of the Regional Land Use Plan Environment and geographic data The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Programme Regional Land Use Planning Regional Promotion Information Services and Reports Project Administration and EU Services COREPRODUCTS The Board: 14 members Ms Outi Mäkelä, President of the Board The Council: 77 members Mr Eero Heinäluoma, President of the Council Organization of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council The Office Mr Ossi Savolainen, Regional Mayor
  • 21. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council The Council The officials in the Council are politicians elected by the member municipalities for the mandate of four years The political representation in the Council 2013—2016 22National Coalition Party 15Social Democratic Party of Finland 13Green League 9True Finns 7Swedish People’s Party in Finland 5Left Alliance 4Centre Party of Finland 2Christian Democrats in Finland
  • 22. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council ”Good infrastructure, as well as a stable social system and security, are values that we embrace.
  • 23. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council International cooperation priorities for the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council • Competitiveness and employment • EU structural funds 2014–2020 • Metropolises and capital regions • Baltic Sea Region and European organisations • Russia: St Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast and Moscow Oblast • Poland: the Masovian Region, West Pomeranian • The Helsinki EU Office in Brussels and the Helsinki Centre in St Petersburg
  • 24. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation (BSSSC) • A political network for decentralised authorities (subregions) in the Baltic Sea Region • Chairmanship and Secretariat in the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region 2013–2015 • Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Russia
  • 25. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) • A think tank and a lobby for European Regions • Independent of EU institutions • Main focus on Maritime, Energy and Transport Issues, Cohesion Policy, European Governance and Development
  • 26. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council CPMR Baltic Sea Commission (BSC) • One of the Geographical Commissions of the CPMR • Secretariat was in Helsinki-Uusimaa Region 2011–2014 • Strong focus on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region • Mr Jari Sainio, Vice President of the Board of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, is the President of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission 2014–2015
  • 27. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Helsinki EU Office in Brussels Helsinki EU Office: • promotes the interests and visibility of its organizations in EU forums • offers information about the legislative drafting of the EU, the finance programs within the EU, possibilities for cooperation and networking in general, and about different events • follows actively up the most important issues of European policies • offers municipalities and other cooperation partners a working and meeting place, as well as an operating base for any visit to Brussels Helsinki EU Office is shared by: • Regional Councils of Helsinki- Uusimaa, Kymenlaakso and Päijät- Häme • City of Helsinki • University of Helsinki, Aalto University of Art, Design and Architecture, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and Laurea University of Applied Sciences
  • 28. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council The EU Services at Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Our goal is to: • Encourage the regional actors to a versatile use of EU funding • Increase the EU funding for the development of the Helsinki- Uusimaa Region
  • 29. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council The EU Services at Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council We offer: • Help and guidance with finding the right funding programme and applying for funding • Information and training concerning the funding programmes • Help with networking and finding project partners in Finland and Europe • Preparatory funding
  • 30. Uudenmaan liitto // Nylands förbund // Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Central Baltic Contact Point Finland • The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council is the managing authority for the Central Baltic Contact Point Finland during the programme period 2014–2020 • The purpose is to inform about financing possibilities and to promote the implementation of the Central Baltic Programme • The Central Baltic Programme 2014– 2020 funds cross-border cooperation projects in the Baltic Sea area
  • 31. UUDENMAANLIITTO.FI