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Cross-border EU programmes


The Regional Council of Lapland is involved in various EU programmes promoting cross-border cooperation. The common objective of Lapland, Finland, and the European Union is to promote the cohesion of the EU and to dissolve any obstacles set by the borders, promote favourable cooperation both in the EU and across its externals borders, and strengthen the competitiveness and living conditions of Lapland by utilising the possibilities presented by cross-border collaboration.


The following programmes, among others, offer funding for cross-border projects:

Kolarctic Cross Border Cooperation 2014-2020 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.

The Interreg IV A North
programme operates in the North Calotte area. The County Administrative Board of Norrbotten in Sweden operates as the administrative authority of the programme. The Regional Council of Lapland provides an information service for the programme that serves Finnish applicants of funding in particular.

The Northern Periphery and Arctic Cooperation Programme covers extensive areas in Fennoscandia, the Northern parts of British Isles and in the North-Atlantic. The Regional Council of Lapland operates as the Finnish contact point for the programme.

The Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2014-2020 is one of the transnational programmes by the European Union. It covers mainly countries around the Baltic Sea. The whole area of Finland belongs to the programme area.