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:
The Kolarctic ENPI CBC programme promotes collaboration across national borders between the North Calotte and Northwest Russia. The Regional Council of Lapland operates as the administrative authority of the programme.
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 Programme covers extensive areas in Northern Europe and Iceland, for example. The Regional Council of Lapland operates as the Finnish contact point for the programme.
The Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-13 is one of the Interreg IV B programmes by the European Union. The programme covers large areas in Northern Europe, and Finland as a whole, for instance, is a part of the programme area.