A single structural fund programme is being realised throughout mainland Finland. This programme will include both European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) activities.
Finland's structural fund programme includes five policy lines that specifically support the competitiveness of SMEs and employment. Cross-cutting themes include promotion of a low-carbon economy, sustainable development, parity and equality between the sexes. The structural fund programme will pursue realisation of the Europe 2020 strategy's objectives.
Policy lines include:
More information on the national website rakennerahastot.fi.
Regional Council of Lapland is one of the authorities in Lapland granting ERDF funding.
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. For more information, please contact our regional development experts Samu Rötkönen or Olli Pohjonen (first name.surname(at)lapinliitto.fi).
Interreg V A Nord is an EU program supporting cross-border
cooperation in order to strengthen the economic and social
development. Areas included in the program are north Norway, north
Finland, north Sweden and Sápmi (which spreads over all three
countries).The overall goal for the current program is to
strengthen the competitiveness and attractiveness of the program
area. To accomplish this, the region needs to be developed in an
economic, social and environmental sustainable way. It is desirable
that the cross-border cooperation takes place between all three
countries, Norway, Sweden and Finland, as far as possible, and that
they aim to identify common challenges and opportunities.
about the Interreg V A North programme
Kolarctic CBC is a programme promoting cross-border cooperation
between North-West Russia and the North Calotte. It is one of
several programmes working across the external borders of the
European Union. It is also a financing tool for e.g. the Barents
Cooperation that has started in the 1990's. Read more on the
Kolarctic CBC website
The Northern Periphery and Arctic Cooperation Programme
2014-2020 aims to expand the regions' horizons, building on
concrete outcomes and enabling the programme area to become a first
class region in which to live, study, work, visit, and invest. The
programme aims to maintain and develop robust and competitive
communities by using innovation; to promote entrepreneurship to
realize the potential of the programme area’s competitive
advantage; to foster energy-secure communities through promotion of
renewable energy and energy efficiency; and to protect, promote and
develop cultural and natural heritage in the programme area.
Programme funding may cover up to 60 per cent of the costs of
individual projects.There are 9 partner countries participating in
the programme whose area covers regions in Finland, Sweden, Norway,
Ireland, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, as well as the whole of
Iceland, Gre enland and the Faroe Islands. The Regional Council of
Lapland operates as the Finnish contact point for the programme
Periphery and Arctic Programme (in Finnish).