West Finland European Office (WFEO) is the regional office of West Finland, representing the interests of Ostrobothnia, South Ostrobothnia, Satakunta and Central Finland in Brussels. We follow closely EU policies and provide information on EU funding programmes and co-operation opportunities for our stakeholders.

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S3 Strategy

Based on the smart specialisation strategies in West Finland, we focus on automation and robotics, energy, food and bioeconomy, cyber security, education and health. In automation and robotics the focus is, especially in the manufacturing industry. Cybersecurity provides solutions, including cyber security auditing and security, for various target groups; e.g. healthcare sector, banks, SMEs etc. Education is a crosscutting theme, where regions have excellence in all educational levels and there is a strong focus on lifelong learning. Energy includes smart grids, battery technologies and renewable energy. Bioeconomy strengths are in food production and in forestry, where regions provide novel solutions in products and processes. Circular economy is the core of bioeconomy. Health and wellbeing focus is on prevention, and enabling technological solutions.

Strategic R&I Projects

IRIS Smart Cities

The project is developed around three lighthouse cities who will work as collaborators and test-beds for four follower cities. Each city will draw upon a mix of partners to accelerate communities to adopt energy, mobility and ICT initiatives.


IHMEC project creates and exports joint indoor hygiene solution of Central Baltic area SME’s into the Saudi Arabian construction market using indoor hygiene (IH) as a competitive edge.


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  • By Aleksi Aho

Call for the BioBoosters accelerator programme is open – Apply now!

Ohoy startups in bioeconomy & agritech! Jamk University of Applied Sciences, together with Valtra, AGCO Power, Neste and Innovestor, has opened the call for the international bioeconomy accelerator programme. The programme is targeted at growth-oriented bioeconomy and agritech startups and is part of the activities of BioBoosters by Jamk Business Accelerator.

  • By Rodolphe Doité

RIPEET boosts co-creation for energy transition in EU regions

On 17 and 18 January 2024, ERRIN held an event focusing on stakeholder engagement methodologies in energy transition as part of its project, RIPEET. The event gathered local and regional authorities, co-creation experts, European Commission representatives and researchers to discuss the critical role of stakeholder engagement in energy transition. 

  • By Francesca Pozzebon

Express your interest in future collaboration opportunities on stakeholders' engagement

On 17 January 2024, ERRIN will host a future collaboration opportunities session focusing on stakeholders engagement across different sectors, which will see the active participation of RIPEET pilot ecosystems and partners. The session will focus on calls related to stakeholders engagement in the field of energy, climate resilience and adaptation, and built environment, with deadlines in mid-2024 and early 2025.

  • By Rodolphe Doité

Regulatory Sandboxes in the Energy Sector - Call for examples

The Energy and Climate Working Group is looking for examples of the creation or the use of regulatory sandboxes in the energy sector, to be presented in an upcoming meeting on this topic on Tuesday 12 December between 14:00-15:30 CET.

  • By Gianpiero Petruzziello

13 cities from ERRIN member regions selected as NetZeroCities Twin Cities

The NetZeroCities project, in which ERRIN is a partner, has through its Twinning Programme matched 40 Twin Cities from across Europe with the 53 Pilot Cities that were selected earlier this year. ERRIN is pleased to see that 13 of the selected Twin Cities come from ERRIN member regions.

  • By Mirva Männikkö

City of Jyväskylä is looking for Transfer Partners for EUI Greening Cities call

Jyväskylä (FI) is looking for 3 Transfer Partners for project preparation for the Second Call for Proposals EUI - Innovative Actions in Topic 1: “Greening cities”. Deadline 24 September.