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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, but we are applying. 

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 have been defined as mentioned below. Please don’t hesitate to contact us in case you wish to receive further information or if you are interested in cooperation with us.

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

Interreg Baltic Sea Region is an EU funding programme that facilitates transnational cooperation in the region. Partners from countries around the Baltic Sea work together in transnational projects to address common key challenges and opportunities. The funding is mainly directed at public authorities, research and training institutions, NGOs, sectoral agencies & associations and enterprises. The Programme funds come from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and Norwegian national funding.

Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020, Paula Karppinen

The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 forms a cooperation between 9 programme partner countries; in Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, Sweden, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Norway. The map of the exact eligible regions may be found from the programme website.  The NPA 2014-2020 is part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ERDF equivalent funding from non EU partner countries.

Interreg Europe 2014-2020, Jouni Ponnikas

Interreg Europe helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. Interreg Europe exists to assist three types of beneficiaries: public authorities (local, regional and national), managing authorities/intermediate bodies (in charge of the Investment for Growth and Jobs programmes or European Territorial Cooperation) and agencies, research institutes, thematic and non-profit organisations (by first engaging with their local policymakers in order to identify options for collaboration with Interreg Europe). Organisations that work with Interreg Europe must also be based in one the 28 EU Member States, Switzerland or Norway.

Kolarctic CBC 2014-2020, Katja Sukuvaara

The Kolarctic Cross Border Cooperation (CBC) 2014–2020 Programme continues and strengthens cross-border cooperation between the countries in the North Calotte and northwest Russia. The Programme is co-funded by the European Union from the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden, each with their national and regional financing.

Karelia CBC 2014-2020, Katja Sukuvaara

The Karelia CBC Programme shall enhance the practical cooperation between the Finnish and Russian regions with the support of the Russian Federation, Finland and the European Union. Karelia CBC core region consists of three regions in Finland (Kainuu, North Karelia and Oulu Region) and the Republic of Karelia on the Russian side. Programme is co-funded by the European Union from the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) as well as Finland and Russia with their national and regional financing.

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 -rprogramme, aims at promoting alternative fuel and e-mobility represent as ways to reduce the carbon footprint of economic activities in urban and extr
INNO PROVEMENT project, financed by the Interreg Europe programme, aims at disseminating Industry 4.0 solutions (i.e. good practices) in the partner regions.