Pursuant to the Act on regional development, regional councils in Finland draw up regional development plans and coordinate regional development measures related. In Kainuu, we have combined the Kainuu Regional Plan until 2035 and the Kainuu Regional Programme with tangible objectives and measures of development for the near future to one document. This is referred to as the Kainuu Programme.
Role of Regional Councils in Regional Development
Pursuant to the Act on regional development, regional councils serve as regional development authorities. The regional council of Kainuu is responsible for the general regional policy planning and programmes within the Kainuu region and in part also for the implementation of the programmes and the international connections involved.
The main task regarding regional development is to draw up regional development plans and to coordinate regional development measures of its member local authorities and those of State regional administrative authorities. The plans and programmes of regional councils have mandatory legal consequences. Local and national government authorities must take account of the council’s plans and programmes in their own operative and other action.
The Kainuu Regional Plan until 2035 is a long-term plan articulating the vision for the future livelihoods, services and regional structure in Kainuu and setting out the region’s objectives. The Regional Plan directs in the use of areas, and on the four-year regional programme confirmed for each municipal election period, steering functional development measures.
The Kainuu Regional Programme contains tangible objectives and measures of development for the near future, as well as the list of essential projects to reach the goals. Implementation of the Regional Programme is monitored regularly and the programme is revised as necessary.
The above mentioned documents have been combined to one document that is referred to as the Kainuu Programme.
Below you’ll find the Kainuu Programme in a Nutshell also in Swedish, English, Russian and Chinese.
The Implementation Plan
The Implementation Plan of the regional programme is drawn up each year to detail the implementation and financing of Kainuu Regional Programme.
The document serves as a draft budget for the Kainuu region as state funding is negotiated, regardless of the administrative sector in question. Regionally, the document defines the most important measures to be implemented each year. The document collects together the most important projects, cash flows and alignments of regional-level financiers.
The follow-up report of the annual implementation plan examines the progress of annual priorities set, as well as the realization of goals set in the four-year Regional Programme. This is done with help of a separate set of indicators. The report also pays attention to the inputs and their outputs.
Update Process of the Kainuu Programme (2020–2021)
We launched the most recent update process of Kainuu Programme in spring 2020. Our goal is to draft a programme that all our interest groups around Kainuu region may commit to.
A separate work program sets out in more detail how the preparation of the Kainuu program will be carried out. In the participation and evaluation plan we describe the opportunities for participation and impact in the preparation, as well as the evaluation procedures.
The work group set for impact assessment of all the official plans and programmes drafted in Kainuu will participate in the preparation by bringing expertise from various fields to the assessment process, discussing the implementation and results of the assessment, and assessing the significant effects of the plan /program.
Sectoral Strategies and Work Groups
Several official strategies and programmes related to specific themes have been adopted in Kainuu. The goals of these strategies and programmes have been aligned with the Regional planning process so that those support the implementation of Kainuu Programme.
The regional planning and development work is on a regular basis carried out through various thematic work groups and advisory boards. Some of those are coordinated by the Regional Council of Kainuu and some by other actors.