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International Projects


An important part of regional development responsibilities is planning the national policies as well as the EU structural and cohesion policies and coordinating their implementation in the Kainuu region. This includes participation in taking and implementing financing decisions concerning national and EU projects. One of the ways for the Regional Council of Kainuu to implement the regional programme is also by preparing and implementing own projects related to the organisations’ tasks and the focus points of the regional strategy. The organisation may also subcontract such activities, co-finance projects and/ or act as a partner in projects.

Our International Projects

At the moment, we don’t have any international projects that we are a Lead Partner in. 

Past Projects

The office of the Regional Council of Kainuu (referred to as the Joint Authority of Kainuu Region during the years of self-government experiment in 2005-2012) has participated numerous projects over the years.

Other International Projects 

International regional development policy initiatives are an important instrument for Kainuu. The Regional Council of Kainuu, as the institution responsible for the regional development programme, the innovation strategy and as Structural Funds Intermediate Body, is involved in the initiation, planning, monitoring and looks forward to the implementation of interregional (Interreg Europe-IE), transnational (Interreg B strand), and cross border initiatives.

There are several experienced project organisations in Kainuu that have a long track record of international projects. The Regional Council of Kainuu regularly supports international projects related to the goals of the Regional Programme. 

At the moment, the Regional Council of Kainuu is participating in the following international projects as a partner:

BRIDGES - Bridging competence infrastructure gaps and speeding up growth and jobs delivery in regions

Duration: 1.4.2016 -31.3.2021 (5 years)
Funded by: 
Lead partner: Kainuun Etu ltd, Finland

The overall objective of the project is to improve the RIS3 implementation governance and the delivery of Structural Funds, benefit from policy learning and enhance industry-led centres of competence as RIS3 implementation units. The industry-led focus is bio economy, an industry common to the project partners’ RIS3.

The role of the Regional Council of Kainuu: Partner, co-financer. Writing an action plan in cooperation with the Kainuun Etu Ltd.

Our Contacts

The responsibilities related to international projects within our organisation lie with the experts in each field of expertise. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of us in case you wish to receive further information or if you are interested in cooperation with us.

NPA project BLITZ aims at developing Literary Tourism as an economic driver within specific regions across the Northern Arctic region
e-MOPOLI project, funded by the Interreg Europe -programme, aims at promoting alternative fuel and e-mobility represent as ways to reduce the carbon footprint of economic activities in urban and extra
INNO PROVEMENT project, financed by the Interreg Europe programme, aims at disseminating Industry 4.0 solutions (i.e. good practices) in the partner regions.