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Regional Council of Lapland

The Regional Council of Lapland is a regional, politically steered joint municipal board
The Regional Council of Lapland is a joint municipal board formed by its 21 member municipalities. Its basic administrative principles are governed by the Local Government Act (Kuntalaki), no. 365 (1995) and in the basic agreement approved by the member municipalities. The Regional Council of Lapland is one of the 19 regional councils in Finland. The decision-making processes of the regional councils are based on municipal democracy.

Organisation Chart of the Regional Council of Lapland 2015. 

The highest decision-making body in the Regional Council of Lapland is the Assembly of the Council, which is selected for a term of office lasting one municipal election term. The Assembly of the Council is selected every fourth year after the municipal elections by representatives of the constituent municipalities. The Assembly meets twice a year, and decides on, for instance, the financial plan and the budget of the Regional Council, approves the financial statements and the annual report, and selects the Board of the Council.

The Assembly of the Council also selects a Board of Controllers whose task is to monitor that the objectives set for the operations of the Regional Council by the Assembly of the Council are met. The Assembly of the Council also selects the Regional Rescue Board of Lapland. The Regional Rescue Services of Lapland launched operations under the Regional Council of Lapland on 1 January 2004.

The Board of the Council is responsible for the administration and management of finances in the Regional Council of Lapland. For the term of office of the Assembly of the Council, 15 members are selected for the Board of the Council. The constitution of the Board must reflect the outcome of the most recent municipal elections. The Board of the Council meets approximately once a month, and its task is to manage and supervise the operations of the office of the Regional Council of Lapland.

The Regional Council of Lapland is responsible for the regional development of the area and the regional land use planning. It manages the national development programme work related to the national and EU structural funds, and operates as the administrative authority of the Kolarctic ENPI programme. The Council is also in charge of international cooperation efforts in the region. The Regional Rescue Services of Lapland - in charge of the regional safety and rescue operations - operate under the Council.

Safeguarding interests
One of the most important tasks of the Regional Council of Lapland is safeguarding the interests of Lapland to promote decision-making favourable to the region in both the public and private sectors. The safeguarding operations aim at affecting the state budget. Safeguarding interests means operating in close collaboration with the regional members of parliament, the municipalities and the political district organisations.

Operations
According to the treaty of the Regional Council of Lapland, the Council shall operate for the good of the region, its municipalities and inhabitants in all issues regarding development, planning, research and the representation of interests in the region.

Tasks of the Regional Council of Lapland:

1. Encouraging and protecting the common interests of the region and its municipalities as well as promoting the mental and material prosperity in the region together with developing the municipal, social and health-related, cultural, educational, environmental, and economic issues of the region, in cooperation with the municipalities.

2. Performing the regional land use and development planning tasks of joint municipal boards as stipulated in the Land Use and Building Act (Maankäyttö- ja rakennuslaki), no. 132 of 1999.

3. Performing tasks of the statutory regional development authority in accordance with the Finnish legislation on regional policies.

4. Arranging the regional rescue services as stipulated by the Finnish Act on Formation of the Rescue Service Regions (Laki pelastustoimen alueiden muodostamisesta) no. 1214 of 2001.

5. Performing any other statutory tasks that are based on the Finnish legislation.