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Profile of registrant

The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

Identification number in the register: 10235216783-84
Registration date: 26/09/11 16:12:57

The information on this organisation was last modified on 15/09/14 12:10:07
The date of the last annual update was 15/09/14 12:10:07

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
Acronym: AFLRA
Legal status: Association for public sector
Website address:


Section: VI - Organisations representing local, regional and municipal authorities, other public or mixed entities, etc.
and more precisely: Local, regional and municipal authorities (at sub-national level)

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Henrik Rainio
Position: Director, Brussels Office

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Henrik Rainio
Position: Director, Brussels Office

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 14 Toinen linja 
Helsinki 00530
Telephone number: (+358) 97711
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: AFLRA is a national association that represents all Finnish local and regional authorities (320 municipalities and 20 regions). In Finland the local authorities are responsible for providing a wide range of services to their residents. Their budgets represent over 50 % of the total public sector expenditure and they employ almost 20 % of the country’s working population. The services of AFLRA span all areas of municipal operations. Emphasis is placed on a stable and consistent relationship between local and central government, autonomy, democracy and management, services, regional development and employment. AFLRA plays a key role in the national level policy making process. Our office in Helsinki employs almost 300 experts.

AFLRA provides services for local and regional authorities also in international and EU matters and looks after their interests in the European Union. The Association has had an established office in Brussels since 1992. The Association also acts as the Secretariat for the Finnish delegation in the Committee of Regions as well as for the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE).

AFLRA’s Brussels Office follows closely the decision making process of the European Parliament on the policy areas which are important to the Finnish authorities on regional and local level. Especially important policy areas are the internal market and public services, finance and economy, regional policy and rural development, social and health services, employment, education, environment, energy and transport. Our work is done in close co-operation with the European Parliament and especially its Finnish delegation.

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The Association provides services in Finland’s two national languages – Finnish and Swedish.

The Association’s goal is to promote the opportunities for local authorities to operate and co-operate and to enhance their vitality and viability for the benefit of the residents. The Association’s vision for the future encompasses the core values of the Finnish welfare society: good basic services, living democracy and sustainable environment.

The Association employs almost 300 experts, who provide lobbying services, research and development services and other expert services for local authorities.

The services provided by the Association span all areas of municipal operation: social and healthcare services; education and culture; community, technical and environmental concerns; regional and industrial development; municipal finance; legal matters; the Information Society; local government development and research; communications; and international affairs.

The Commission for Local Authority Employers is also part of the Association. It promotes the interests of Finnish local and joint authorities in labour market issues.

The Association has set as its priorities to develop municipal management and local democracy, to reinforce services and improve performance, to ensure stable municipal finances and to curb climate change.

The Association’s operations are managed by a Council and a Board consisting of representatives of local authorities and elected every four years. The Council has 76 and the Board 15 members.

The House of Municipalities, the Association’s main office, is located in Helsinki. The Association has an office in Brussels since 1992.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 3
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

The co-operation with the European Parliament is one of the main tasks of the AFLRA Brussels Office that requires frequent and regular contact to the European Parliament. For this reason we need to register to the Transparency Register.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Budget
  • Climate Action
  • Competition
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Taxation
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Transport


Total number of members that are natural persons: 0
Number of member organisations: 0
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information: The members of the Association are Finnish municipalities.


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

The Association is a member of several international organisations, such as the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).

The Association also acts as Secretariat for the Finnish delegation to the EU’s Committee of Regions as well as for the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE).

The Association follows the activities of other international local government organisations whose memberships include Finnish local and regional authorities. The Finnish Regional Councils are members of the Assembly of European Regions (AER), the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR).

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Total budget: 125,000
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 125,000
- donations:
- contributions from members: 125,000
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 100000  € - 150000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.