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Contacts

Regional Council of Kymenlaakso

Karhulantie 36 B / PO Box 35, 48601 Kotka

www.kymenlaakso.fi

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Executive Director (Regional Mayor)
Mr Jaakko MIKKOLA
Tel. +358 40 548 0311
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Head of International Affairs
Mr Toni  VANHALA
Tel.  +358 40 512 3356
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Planning Director
Mr Frank HERING
Tel. +358 50 308 7290
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Assistant for Internationa Affairs
Ms Pia HURTTA
Tel.  + 358 50 406 1218
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Decision making

The supreme decision making body of the Regional Council is the Assembly which consists of members from all member municipalities. The Board is in charge of administration, economy, project funding as well as for preparation and execution of the decisions taken by the Assembly.

The President of the Council                                                    The Chairman of the Board
Mr Jouko LEPPÄNEN                                                                  Mr Harri HELMINEN
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Tel. +358 400 647 990                                                               Tel.  +358 44 747 8510

According to the Regional Development Act every region shall have a Regional Management Committee, which consists of representatives of municipalities, Regional State authorities and Regional Trade Unions and Business. Its main task is to coordinate plans, conventions and the execution of national and EU co-funded programs which have an effect on the regional development.

The preparation work is carried out in the Regional Council´s Office led by the Region Mayor.

The Kymenlaakso Summer University is led by a board.

Tasks and development priorities

According to the Finnish Regional Development Act the Regional Council is responsible for the strategic and general development of the region and for improving the business environment. The Regional Council also co-ordinates the traffic and transport system planning in the region.

According to the Finnish Land Use and Building Act, the Regional Council is responsible for drafting, updating and approving of the Regional Plan.

The regional development authorities both on municipal and state level are based on the same geographical areas. The Regional Councils (municipalities) form 9 co-operation districts and there are 9 Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (state). Kymenlaakso and South Karelia regions form a co-operation district in South East Finland with approximately 315 000 inhabitants.

Tasks

- Regional Development
- Regional Spatial and Environmental Planning
- Interest promotion
- International Affairs
- Kymenlaakso Summer University

Development Priorities

- Innovative services
- Smart use of natural resources and related technologies
- New openings in ICT sector
- Increasing the attractiveness of Kymenlaakso region

KYMRIS3 STRATEGY

 

Kymenlaakso Region

Kymenlaakso in short

- Approximately 180 000 inhabitants
- One of the most significant forest industry clusters in Europe
- International hub of logistics and logistics related business & knowhow in the Baltic Sea region; Finland´s largest export and transshipment port, Port of HaminaKotka,
  Highway E18 and Finland´s largest railway hub Kouvola.
- Primary border crossing point between European Union and Russia; Vaalimaa
- Finland´s most significant garrisons
- Three national parks; Eastern Gulf of Finland – outer archipelago, Valkmusa – marshland and Repovesi – forest and lakes
- Lively region of culture and sports
- Versatile district for vocational education and competence

Symbols of the Region

- Fish: Pike perch (Stizostedion lucioperca)
- Flower: Yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus)
- Bird: Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
- Stone: Rapakivi
- Mammal: European otter (Lutra lutra)
- Tree: European alder (Alnus gutinosa)

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