International Cooperation 

International cooperation enables us to develop our regional strategy, to learn from other experienced regions and other actors, and to share our knowledge to create new ideas and innovations. The core of our international cooperation is various projects. We are eager to cooperate, and willing to use our regional networks for project development.

On European territorial cooperation level, our region is a part of Interreg Baltic Sea region and Northern Periphery and Arctic programme. We have also experience on Interreg Europe  programme and Life programme (integrated projects, IP).

Our ongoing projects:

CREADIS3 integrates culture and creative economy with economic policy instruments, including regional strategies. (2017-2019)

CIRCWASTE promotes circular economy and efficient use of material flows. One of the key focus areas in Central Finland is promotion of biogas production and use. (2016-2023)

RDI2CluB improves the understanding of the bioeconomy in the region and encourages bioeconomy-related innovations especially in SMEs. (2017-2020)

BalticForbio focuses on forest related bioeconomy, especially on distributing the best practices to end users and showing the potential of forest-based bioeconomy. (2017-2020)

Contact persons:
Regional Officer Hannu Koponen
Mobile +35840 595 0009

Education export, TCI, direct regional partnerships
Development Manager Kari Pirinen
Mobile +35840 595 0008

Creative economy
Development Manager Raija Partanen
Mobile +35840 595 0139

Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce
Development Manager Veli-Pekka Päivänen
Mobile +35840 595 0005