East and North Finland EU Office

The East and North Finland EU office represents regions of Central Ostrobothnia, Kainuu, Lapland, North Karelia, Northern Ostrobothnia, Pohjois-Savo and South Savo in Brussels. In close collaboration with the regional councils, the Brussels office aims to improve the competitiveness and conditions of the businesses throughout the East and North of Finland. The Brussels office closely follows the developments in EU policies, focusing especially on regional policy, research, development and innovation policies, transport and energy policies, arctic policy and industrial policies.

Contact detail

  • Contact person

    Eerikki Vainio

  • Brussels Office Address

    Avenue Palmerston 24
    1000 Brussels

East and North Finland EU Office

S3 Strategy

The East and North Finland (ENF) in industrial transition – smart specialisation strategy 2019–2023 is based on the pilot project ”Regions in Industrial Transition” launched by the European Commission in 2017. Our common priorities have been collected from the smart specialisation strategies of the ENF regions. The identified common topics are bioeconomy and new products, sustainable mining, chemical industry, sustainable tourism and appeal, and manufacturing industry. Based on these topics, common S3 priorities have been established for the ENF area: Clean technologies and low-carbon solutions, Industrial circular economy and Digitalisation, innovative technologies and production processes. Our fourth priority is the development of joint cluster working the ENF area.

Latest Updates

  • By Heidi Takalo

OAMK's interest in joining a Horizon Europe project proposal in cluster 5

Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Finland) with its Finnish partners is interested in joining a Horizon Europe project proposal in cluster 5 on the topics such as HORIZON-CL5-2022-D4-02-05 and HORIZON-CL5-2022-D4-02-01, where a high-level demo site would be planned and built with respect to more sustainable buildings and life-cycle performance.

  • By Anonymous

Search engine innovation platforms in East and North Finland

Regions of East and North Finland (ENF) collaborate to develop new approaches based on smart specialisation. One of the goals is to develop new practices that support companies in utilising the expertise and versatile network of innovation platforms in the ENF area. The innovation platforms in East and North Finland have been collected to the East and North Finland Industrial Transition website. The website contains almost 50 service providers, or the so-called innovation platforms. The purpose of the site is to provide information of the different services offered to companies across the seven regions of East and North Finland, and to encourage interregional and international collaboration.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

COVID-19 symptom assessment - example of Kuopio

Kuopio sub-region has been participating in national consortia to create “Omaolo.fi” online survey-tool to assess the symptoms COVID-19.

  • By Bailey Lähdesmäki

How ecosystems and clusters integrate green and digital transition

SuperEcosystem, Finland’s second ECCP-certified Meta-Cluster, is organising a European Week of Regions and Cities side event on how clusters and ecosystems are drivers for green and digital transition, featuring keynote speeches, roundtable discussions, workshops, and networking with leading organisations in Finland.

  • By Gianpiero Petruzziello

Cultural tourism in post-Covid cities

In the framework of Cultural Heritage in Action, project which ERRIN is partner, Eurocities organises a webinar exploring new trends in cultural tourism in cities and regions after the pandemic. The webinar will be held on 03 May 2022 at 10:30 CEST and is the third episode of a series designed to share good practices and insights on a range of topics relevant to cities, regions and cultural heritage stakeholders.

  • By Hilary Webb

EU Forest Strategy post-2020 in the context of post-EU Green Deal future-fit Europe

East and North Finland EU Office, the ERIAFF Network, the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) and Junta de Castilla y Léon present a webinar on the future EU Forest Strategy.