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North Karelia by Pentti Hyttinen

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North Karelia by Pentti Hyttinen

  1. 1. Welcome to North Karelia! Dr. Pentti Hyttinen Region Mayor 4th European Border Dialogues Forum 20 November 2013
  2. 2. North Karelia - the easternmost edge of the continental EU Virmajärvi, Ilomantsi North Karelia
  3. 3. North Karelia  166 000 inhabitants (less than 8 inhabitants / km²)  People moving in > moving out  13 municipalities  Regional capital: City of Joensuu (74 000 inh.)  21 600 km² , lakes 3 800 km² - North to South 240 km - East to West 150 km
  4. 4. Regional Council of North Karelia Federation of the 13 municipalities Overall responsibility of regional development activities - Allocation of EU funds - Land use planning - Regional PR and lobbying - International cooperation
  5. 5. Regional economy of North Karelia is based on export industries 6 000 companies, 33 000 employees, 5,7 billion € turnover
  6. 6. Promising prospects: Cooperation with Russia Russia is increasingly important for our regional economy -Tax free sales 2012: 13,9 milj. € (+ 36 %) -Border crossings at Niirala 2012: 1,5 milj. (+ 17 %) -Retail shops are investing strongly -Tourism industry, especially the growth of Koli -Infrastuctural development -Investments
  7. 7. Since 24 February 2000 Strategic and political forum - to promote cross-border interaction - to coordinate and follow-up the use of funding mechanisms - to improve well-being on both sides of the border
  8. 8. Karelia ENPI CBC EU programmes for CBC 1995-99: Interreg II A Karelia 36,4 M€ 2000-06: Interreg III A Karelia 69,4 M€ (Neighbourhood programme 2004-06) 2007-13: ENPI CBC Karelia 56,0 M€
  9. 9. Our contribution to the smart, sustainable and inclusive growth of EU is based on forests, energy, minerals & tourism.
  10. 10. We count on knowledge based development in forestry and wood sector European Forest Institute 1993Carelian Science Park 1990Forestry education at university level 1982Finnish Forest Research Institute 1981Forestry education at polytechnical level 1978-
  11. 11. Wood chemistry Health products Construction Lignan from spruce inner branches Energy Fibre Tourism & recreation
  12. 12. Climate and Energy Programme of North Karelia Locally – Renewably – Efficiently  Fossil Oil Free Heating in 2020  Totally Fossil Oil Free Region in 2030  It means more woodchips, pellets, pyrolyse oil, solar energy, wind mills and other renewables.
  13. 13. Investing in bio-oil production Fortum pyrolysis oil plant in Joensuu: production to be started in November 2013. A model example of an investment (30 M€) needed on the way towards fossil oil free region!
  14. 14. Mining sector is growing  - Pampalo goldmine in Ilomantsi Endomines Ltd 2012: 250 000 tons of ore, gold 866,5 kg 150 employees  - Kylylahti mine in Polvijärvi Altona Mining Ltd copper, kobalt, nickel, zink, gold 160 employeess  Soapstone companies in Juuka - Tulikivi ja Nunnauuni fireplaces and interior designs
  15. 15. Tourism – success with smart specialisation E.g.: Ageing people •are wealthy •are healthy and active •have time •spend on services •are quality conscious •have disabilities and health problems
  16. 16. Future development requires investments The utilisation of natural resources means a lot of construction, increasing transportation of products and materials as well as commuting of employees and construction.  Investments are needed to develop: • roads, rail networks, water routes and airports • IT and energy infrastructures • technological research & innovation
  17. 17. Removing borders  Visa freedom
  18. 18. Every success on the way to the future!

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