29/08/2012In sparsely populated Central Finland, inter-municipal co-operation is a long-standing tradition, with communities entering into voluntary agreements when necessary to provide key services. The European Commission, through the European Regional Development Fund is encouraging co-operative initiatives in Central Finland, including the development of more widespread broadband communications. This kind of action, reaching out to citizens in outlying areas, contributes to achieving the goal of 'smart and inclusive growth'.
13/06/2012People in the EU are living longer than ever, and the proportion of the population aged over 55 is growing all the time. In some rural areas on the fringes of northern Europe, many pensioners live by themselves, and risk becoming isolated and marginalised if public transport and other services are not available and they cannot afford special care. In these remote regions, skilled staff, such as carers and nurses, are often hard to recruit and retain. The O4O project – Older people for Older people – co-financed by the European Union, responded to this challenge, using existing skills and experience within ageing communities. O4O shows older people how they can take responsibility for providing the services they need, and organises support across rural Scotland, Finland, Greenland, Northern Ireland and Sweden. At a time when public spending is under pressure in many parts of the EU, the project demonstrates how vital networks and facilities can be maintained in a way that also encourages older people to stay active and make an important contribution to society. Winner of the RegioStars 2012 Award, Inclusive Growth category
04/01/2010This film is one in a series of four reports (on Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark and Finland) produced as part of the launch of the European Baltic Sea Strategy. The films showcase projects co-funded by the European Commission under the ERDF. The VOMARE (Voluntary Maritime Rescue) project, co-funded by the EU’s INTERREG IV programme, is aimed at developing cooperation between Finnish and Estonian rescue systems. Bolstered by a century’s worth of experience in volunteer maritime rescue, Finland is now sharing its know-how with Estonia and the coastguard service there.