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Part of a Bigger Picture Aim of the Programme Implementation Special programmes approved by the Government Government Regional Centre Regional Programme Programme Development Centre of Expertise Act Programme Capitol Region Development Programme Rural Policy Balanced Regional Programme SEUTU -pilot Development sub-regional co-operation Development of the Island areas Regionalisation of Administrative state functions experiment in Kainuu The Aim of the Programme • development of a network of regional centres covering every region/province • based on the particular strengths, expertise and specialisation of urban regions of various sizes • more balanced regional structure in Finland • enhanced international competitiveness The Urban Network Study 2001 • To identify and to analyse Finland’s functionally significant urban regions at the end of the 1990s. • Using statistical criteria, this is accomplished by grading their significance at the national level and by studying their functional specialisation. • Their preconditions for development are also analysed and compared with the general characteristics of regional development. Implementation • National level – Ministry of the Interior in co-operation with other ministries – basic funds by the government • in 2002 and 2003 approximately 8,2 million €/year • total expenses of development 20 million €/year (2004-2006) – follow-up; evaluation • Regional level – 34 urban regions nominated by the government • Programme period 2001-2006 Keywords of the programme • strong specialised sectors • excellent connections • high expertise • creative atmosphere • social capital – co-operation, partnerships, networking Expected results Strategic document of the Government • Stronger sub-regional co-operation and commitment to the implementation of sub-regional strategies • Regional, national and international networking of municipalities, businesses, research and educational institutions and centres of expertise • Effective impact on the regional development • Participation of various actors and especially of residents to the development of their sub-region, strengthening of social capital.
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