Advisory Council on Regional Renewal

The task of the Advisory Council on Regional Renewal (AUNE), appointed by the Government on 17 December 2015 for the government term, is to extensively review different aspects of regional development. Until now, a Regional and Structural Policy Advisory Council (ARNE), laid down in the Act on Regional Development, has operated under the auspices of the ministry.

The task of the advisory council is to:

  • outline regional development strategies and funding
  • outline and coordinate the action by different administrative branches in regional development
  • outline the decision on regional development priorities for the government term and other important regional development plans
  • monitor and anticipate regional development and the impacts of the measures

The advisory council is chaired by the Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn. The advisory council comprises the permanent secretaries of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of the Environment as well as the Managing Director of the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities.

Regional councils, ELY Centres, Regional State Administrative Agencies and large cities are represented in the advisory council and employer and employee organisations also have two representatives in the body.

Further information: petra.stenfors(at)