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EU programmes

The ERDF programme for Northern Finland

The strategy of the ERDF programme for Northern Finland is to increase innovativeness, promote the growth of businesses, improve accessibility, and strengthen the attractiveness of the region. The objective of the programme is to improve the competitive edge of Northern Finland on the international and national levels and to rise to the challenge of the structural changes in the economy. One of the objectives of the programme is to also manage the upcoming change in the population structure and the regional divide of the population.

ESF programme for mainland Finland

The objective of the ESF programme is to make human resource-related investments by supporting projects that promote employment and expertise. The funding is used to support the opportunities for success of groups at a disadvantage, to promote equal opportunities, and to prevent marginalisation. In addition, the programme aims at promoting employment and employment opportunities and the creation of new jobs. The ESF programme can also be used to support entrepreneurship and the development of companies, as well as improve the operations of work organisations and their productivity in a sustainable manner.

Interreg IV A North

The INTERREG IV A North is an EU programme that supports cross-border cooperation during the programme period 2007-2013. The objective of the programme is to support economical and social development in the programme region through cooperation across national borders. Read more about the Interreg IV A North programme .

Kolarctic ENPI CBC

The Cross-Border Cooperation within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, ENPI CBC, promotes good relations between neighbouring countries and partnership along the external border of the European Union. In the European Commission, the programme is a part of the External relations department.  Read more on the Kolarctic ENPI CBC programme.

The Northern Periphery Programme

The Northern Periphery Programme 2007-2013 between EU member states aims at strengthening the sustainable economic growth of the peripheral and remote communities on the northern margins of Europe. The programme area covers regions in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, and Northern Ireland, as well as the whole of Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Read more on the Northern Periphery Programme (in Finnish).