International Cooperation


International cooperation enables us to develop our regional strategy, to learn from other experienced regions and other actors, and to share our knowledge to create new ideas and innovations. We are eager to cooperate, and willing to use our regional networks for project development.

On European territorial cooperation level, our region is a part of Interreg Baltic Sea region and Northern Periphery and Arctic programme. We have also experience on Interreg Europe  programme and Life programme (integrated projects, IP).


Our ongoing projects:


Three T

Three T (Thematic Trail Trigger) is triggering the performance of regional policy instruments to enhance the protection, accessibility, visibility and eco-tourism potential of natural and cultural heritage. The aim is to create thematic trails or valorise those already existing and to search possibilities for human-powered, green and soft mobility. (2018 – 2022)


CREADIS3 integrates culture and creative economy with economic policy instruments, including regional strategies. (2017-2019)


CIRCWASTE promotes circular economy and efficient use of material flows. One of the key focus areas in Central Finland is promotion of biogas production and use. (2016-2023)


RDI2CluB improves the understanding of the bioeconomy in the region and encourages bioeconomy-related innovations especially in SMEs. (2017-2020)


BalticForbio focuses on forest related bioeconomy, especially on distributing the best practices to end users and showing the potential of forest-based bioeconomy. (2017-2020)



Contact persons

Outi Pakarinen

Outi Pakarinen

Dept. Development Manager / Bioeconomy

+358 40 595 0018



Kari Pirinen

Kari Pirinen

Development Manager

+358 40 595 0008


Education export, TCI, direct regional partnerships

Raija Partanen

Raija Partanen

Development Manager

+358 40 595 0139


Creative economy

Veli-Pekka Päivänen

Veli-Pekka Päivänen

Development Manager

+358 40 595 0005


Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce