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Background of the Event
BRIGDES (Bridging competence infrastructure gaps and speeding up growth and jobs delivery in regions) is a new interregional project, in which the Regional Council of Kainuu is a partner, approved under the first call for proposals of the Interreg Europe cooperation programme, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for 2014 -2020. The project is co-ordinated by Kainuun Etu Oy.
In Kainuu, the regional development company Kainuun Etu Oy is an experienced project organisation with a long track record of Interreg projects. The proposals for the IE programme are always written from the perspective of a regional, policy making authority. All IE projects in which Kainuun Etu Oy is involved as partner or leading organisation, involve also the Regional Council of Kainuu, either as project partner or as coordinator of the regional stakeholder teams.
Since year 1996, the region of Kainuu has participated cross-border co-operation with the Republic of Karelia, Russia, via EU-funded programmes. These joint programmes with North Karelia and Northern Ostrobothnia in Finland and Republic of Karelia in Russia will continue also in the future, as the CBC Karelia Programme will continue the work of the current Karelia ENPI CBC Programme.
Town twinning of Kainuu Municipalities
Town twinning is the oldest form of international cooperation for the Finnish municipalities, offering a network for the international cooperation of municipalities and individual citizens. The municipalities of Kainuu have established twinning connections for example to Russia and Europe.
The Russia Strategy for 2020
The Kainuu region’s cooperation with Russia is coordinated by the document ”Russia Strategy of Kainuu for 2020”, which was accepted by the regional board in January 2014. The strategy aims to implement the objectives of the regional program by activating and diversifying the development in the region. Implementation of the Russia strategy will create new markets, businesses and jobs and strengthen the competitiveness of the region.