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Regional development - aim at keeping the Kainuu region vital
Pursuant to the Act on regional development, regional councils serve as regional development authorities. The regional council of Kainuu is responsible for the general regional policy planning and programmes within the Kainuu region and in part also for the implementation of the programmes and the international connections involved.
The main task regarding regional development is to draw up regional development plans and to coordinate regional development measures of its member local authorities and those of State regional administrative authorities. The plans and programmes of regional councils have mandatory legal consequences. Local and national government authorities must take account of the council's plans and programmes in their own operative and other action.
The Kainuu Regional Plan until 2035 is a long-term plan articulating the vision for the future livelihoods, services and regional structure in Kainuu and setting out the region’s objectives. The Regional Plan directs in the use of areas, and on the regional programme, steering functional development measures. The Kainuu Regional Programme 2014-2017 contains tangible objectives and measures of development for the near future, as well as the list of essential projects to reach the goals. The above mentioned have been combined to one document that is referred to as the Kainuu Programme.
The Implementation Plan of the regional programme is drawn up each year to detail the implementation and financing of Kainuu Regional Programme.
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. The Regional Council of Kainuu co-operates with other regional councils in various fields. Also the international co-operation, including co-operation with the neighbouring regions, is important for Kainuu.