Preparations for the national programming work for the EU regional and structural policy

In autumn 2018, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment launched preparations for the next EU programming period 2021–2027. Preparations for the national programming work for the EU regional and structural policy involve determining, on the basis of EU regulations, the strategic set of objectives that will meet Finland’s needs, actions to be supported, and the administrative procedures.

The key areas to be supported from the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund for the period 2021–2027, according to proposals for Commission Regulations, would be grouped around five themes:

  • A smarter Europe (SME growth and competitiveness, digital transformation, entrepreneurship, innovations, challenges in the industry sector associated with globalisation, circular economy and climate change)
  • A greener, low-carbon Europe (Clean energy solutions, energy efficiency, transition to low-carbon economy, renewable energy, innovative low-carbon technologies, support to green and blue investments, sustainable management of natural resources, circular economy, adaptation to climate change) 
  • A more connected Europe (Mobility, energy and regional ICT connectivity, sustainable transport, smart energy networks, fast digital connections)
  • A more social Europe (ESF+ support for actions under the European Pillar of Social Rights, particularly promotion of employment, training and lifelong learning, social inclusion, and health and social innovation)
  • A Europe closer to citizens (fostering the development of urban, rural and coastal areas and local initiatives)

To support the preparatory work, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has appointed a partnership network under the leadership of Director General Marja-Riitta Pihlman. Work is conducted under the partnership principle in central government and regionally.

Proposals for EU regulations are discussed between the member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission.

More information on activities funded from structural funds during the current programming period 2014-2020:

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