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.
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.
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.
Our Regional Mayor Ossi Savolainen took part in the 8th European Congress of Local Governments in Mikołajki, Poland, on Tuesday 7 March 2023. He gave his input on the European cohesion policy and regional trends in the distinguished panel discussion.
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Circular Valley is aiming to take the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region and Finland to the absolute top of circular economy. It was kicked off with a slightly more than 250 participants on 9 February 2023.
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.
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.
Representatives for seven European entrepreneurial regions met in Helsinki for the final iEER project event in the middle of September 2022. The project was overall appreciated for furthering sustainable entrepreneurship. Experiences about innovation activities were shared.
Mr Otto Meri, Member of our Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Assembly has been elected to the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission Executive Committee (BSC) for a two-year period. CPMR stands for the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions. The BSC organisation had its annual General Assembly 2022 in Helsinki in late September.