Commissioner Hahn visits Finland
(25 February 2011)
Commissioner Hahn met the Finnish Prime Minister, other members of the Finnish Government and the Mayors of Finland's biggest cities during his visit to the country on 25-27 February 2011.
The themes covered at the meetings included the support that Finland receives from the European Regional Development Fund, as well as the Commission's proposals for the future of EU Cohesion Policy.
Finland has been allocated €1.7 billion in EU Cohesion Policy funding for the period 2007-2013. Priorities include:
- €448 million to tackle long-term unemployment and encourage young people to stay in education
- €443 million to help businesses, particularly SMEs, adapt to structural challenges such as an ageing workforce and globalisation
- €380 million to promote adult training and develop employment services
One successful example of EU cohesion funding in Finland is the Lahti Cleantech Cluster in southern Finland, which has helped to transform Lahti into Finland's leading environmental technology centre.