New Cohesion Policy - Finland

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"The proposed framework for cohesion policy investments will enable Finland to continue successful actions carried out for more than 20 years since accession. This is the case, for instance, of PrintoCent's Pilot Factory for printed intelligence, enabling the SMEs and start-ups to develop their products; or the Six City Strategy, a cooperative project to create smarter and more open cities; or Ohjaamo, a one-stop-shop network to help all young people to find new opportunities for work, training and education."

"For already 27 years, Interreg has been bringing EU citizens together across borders, for example by helping build bi-lingual childcare facilities, or cross-border train lines or hospitals. I look forward to the coming debate on 29 June at the Commission Representation in Helsinki, on how Interreg VI can further support Finland's efforts in cooperating with its neighbours for better living standards in cross-border regions". Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu

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6Aika - Six Cities Smarter Together

Having realized that individually they would be too small to achieve sustainable results, Finland's six largest cities, comprising 30% of the country’s population, decided to join forces to tackle common urban challenges and improve competitiveness, with the support of EU cohesion policy. Through the Six City Strategy (6Aika) and a series of smart projects, the cities are not only creating a shared open data system, open innovation platforms and shared customer services so that municipal authorities and businesses can better support and reach more citizens, but they are also trying robot buses and circular economy hubs. Thus far 183 companies have started R&D&I cooperation with universities, 55 new innovation platforms were created, 1211 companies have started cooperation with cities in an innovation environment, 238 products or services were developed and piloted and 59 new applications were created due to opened data and interfaces.
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