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Project Funding

Structural Funds Programmes

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.

During the programming period 2007–2013 Kainuu participated the ESF Operational Programme of mainland Finland, consisting of the national section and four regional sections, as well as one of the five regional ERDF programmes that were implemented in Finland. Kainuu was a part of the major region of Eastern Finland that covered the regions of South Savo, North Savo, Kainuu, and North Karelia.

In 2014-2020, Finland will manage two operational programmes under EU Cohesion Policy (one for mainland Finland and one for the Åland Islands) which will receive funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). Read more about the new structural funds programmes activities at

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) is working via the Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland 2014-2020, which is coordinated by the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.

European Neighbourhood Policy

During the programming period 2007–2013 Finland participated in three programmes under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI CBC). Of these, the Karelia ENPI CBC Programme was implemented in the regions Kainuu, North Karelia and Oulu in Finland and in the republic of Karelia in Russia. The Council of Oulu Region acted as the Joint Managing Authority of the programme. The management of the programme was however based on full equality and partnership between the participating countries. This was reflected in the composition and designation of the programme bodies and the selection of consensual decision-making as a general rule.

During the programming period 2014-2020, the CBC Karelia Programme will be implemented within the same programme area.

Other funding programmes operating in the area:

Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020
Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020
• Interreg Europe 2014-2020