Local and regional representatives of the Scandria Alliance and the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission, together with EU and national representatives, met in Helsinki on 6-7 November to discuss the implications of the new geopolitical context on transport and infrastructures in the Baltic Sea Region and wider Europe.
After 2,5 years of dedicated work and collaboration, the RECIPROCITY project, Replication of innovative concepts for peri-urban, rural or inner-city mobility, proudly announces the successful completion of its aim at transforming European cities into climate-resilient and connected, multimodal nodes for smart and clean mobility.
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council has the honour of hosting the annual forum of the European Metropolitan Authorities Network (EMA) in Helsinki on 28–29 September. The main theme of the conference, which will be held at Marina Congress Center on Friday, is climate change mitigation with green and digital solutions.
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Assembly has elected Tuija Telén (M.Sc) as the new Regional Mayor. When elected to the office, she is the City Mayor for Karkkila - a position she has held since 2018.
Janne Leino (M.A.) has started in his position as the new Head of the Helsinki EU Office in Brussels. Mr Leino, with a strong international career, has previously worked for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), where he coordinated the interests’ promotion of a network with more than one hundred offices in Brussels.
In the bi-yearly edition of the Regional Innovation Scoreboard published in July 2023, the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region holds the overall position of the second most innovative region in Europe. Innovation performance of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region has increased over time by 18%.
Entrepreneurs find the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region the most vital in Finland. The second most vital region is that of Pirkanmaa, surrounding Tampere, and Ostrobothnia is the 3rd in ranking. The opinions of regional entrepreneurs were asked in a barometer. Three categories were measured: networking, leadership and decision-making.
With the Helsinki-Uusimaa Award, the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council wants to offer a reward with the themes Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development. This time the reward is given for activities furthering cooperation, culture and an ecologically more sustainable way of life in the region.
Suggestions for the Helsinki-Uusimaa Business Award Winners can be sent until 15 August 2023. This time Responsibility and Impact are the themes to be rewarded for.
The largest cities in Finland, most of its Regional Councils and the Association of Finnish Municipalities have expressed their serious concern about Article 6 of the EU Nature Restoration Law, currently under preparation. A shared statement with a comprehensive list of signatories, with suggested amendments to the draft regulation, has been given to be used by the current government formation negotiators in our country. Advocacy work is also continuously carried out in Brussels.
The World Circular Economy Forum brings international circular economy professionals and investors to Helsinki from 29 May to 2 June 2023. The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region and its Circular Valley take part in organizing events during this super week.
The report published recently by the Ministry of Transport and Communications on the opportunities provided by the introduction of the standard European track gauge in Finland and on its related impacts is of a high quality, the Finnish Mainline Group states. It is a first-class overview of the challenges and possibilities connected with a new and different gauge.
The larger cities and towns in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, along with the Regions of Southern Finland want to make an impact on the Article 6 in the suggested EU Nature Restoration Law by sharing their proposals for amendments. In its current wording, the Article would significantly complicate sustainable growth in Finnish cities and towns. It would in fact, on the contrary to its aim, lead to urban sprawl harmful for both nature and climate.
The Regions4Climate project brings together 44 partners from twelve different European regions to demonstrate innovations that enhance societal resilience to the impacts of climate change, in line with the Paris Agreement and the EU Green Deal. The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region is one of the partner regions.
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and The Union of Harju County Municipalities signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Tallinn on 30 December 2022. The cooperation aims to increase the international attractiveness and accessibility of both the regions and contributes to integrating them more tightly together.
In the current changing geopolitical environment, the importance of information and experience exchange, as well as common solutions for the development of secure supply chains and sustainable transport infrastructure were emphasized by the Chairs of the Alliance.
Environmentally smart Helsinki-Uusimaa and Successful Helsinki-Uusimaa are two of the three priorities of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Programme. Important steps towards these goals are now being taken, as the regional actors of circular economy are about to use new ways to meet with the challenges of sustainable and responsible production, and consumption.
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council launched the programme Science Meets Regions in Helsinki-Uusimaa in early 2022. The intensive project was also completed this year, and the results are clearly visible.
Event in Helsinki from 5 to 7 October 2022, where more than forty participants from all over Europe gathered to learn about Finnish smart and sustainable mobility solutions and projects that could be replicated in their home cities.
Ossi Savolainen is one of three new vice chairpersons of Scandria®Alliance, a network collaborating for the Scandinavian-Mediterranean TEN-T corridor that is running from Finland (via Scandinavia) to the Adriatic Sea. The Minister of Transport of Brandenburg in Germany, Guido Beermann, continues as Chairperson of the Alliance for another two years.