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 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.

  • By Rodolphe Doité

Hydrogen Roadmap – Survey for the Call for Evidence

The European Commission will soon publish a call for evidence (expected in June 2023 and open for four weeks) to collect further input from multiple stakeholders for the roadmap. In this frame, ERRIN wishes to produce an input paper.

  • By Rodolphe Doité

S3 Partnership publishes position paper for a dedicated roadmap for Hydrogen Valleys

The European Hydrogen Valleys S3 Partnership has published a position paper "Through the Valley to the top: Why the EU needs a dedicated roadmap for Hydrogen Valleys".

  • By Francesca Pozzebon

RIPEET launches a Call for Innovative Energy Solutions in its Pilot Regions

In the frame of the H2020 funded project RIPEET ‘Responsible research and Innovation Policy Experimentations in Energy Transition’, the Pilot Regions: Outer Hebrides (UK), Ostrobothnia (FI) and Extremadura (ES) are launching a call for innovative energy solutions to best tackle the regions' specific challenges and contribute to sustainable energy transition.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

ERRIN’s new project: RIPEET  

ERRIN has become a partner in a Horizon 2020 funded project RIPEET. Mobilising ERRIN’s Energy & Climate Change Working Group leaders, the RIPEET project will support Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) policy experimentations for energy transition in three European territories: Extremadura (ES), Highlands and Islands of Scotland (UK) and Ostrobothnia (FI).