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Towards data-agile economy for the benefit of citizens

Group of Helsinki EU Office member organisations, including Kymenlaakso Region published their joint contribution to a European approach to digital transformation. The paper calls for shift from reactive to proactive use of data that benefits citizens.

Unlocking the benefits of digital transformation is a key topic for the European Commission. The significance of data in our society, ranging from top-level research to our daily lives, has grown at such speed that data has been titled to be the “oil of the modern age” - data is a fuel for new innovations.

More efficient and innovative data use calls for close cooperation between different ecosystem actors (public, RDI organisations, companies and NGOs). Horizontal use of data and using new technologies can bring many possibilities for offering more targeted public service. This can help for example preventing social and health problems or contribute towards the achievement of environmental goals and improving sustainable economy.

The paper also calls for a European roadmap for enabling transparent, proactive and personalised services. The paper argues that a European approach to data should not overlook the potential of using personal data while it acknowledges the data-privacy questions that might arise.

The benefits of digital transformation can be achieved only by creating trust and empowering citizens. In data-agile economy and society citizens need to be active players and digital solutions need to be developed on people’s terms.

Read the paper enclosed.                                               

 julk. 5.5.2020

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Carbon Neutral Kymenlaakso Region 2040


The Region of Kymenlaakso aims to be carbon neutral by 2040. This aim is one of the main targets in the regional program 2018-2021 of Kymenlaakso region.  The region of Kymenlaakso is also committed in Hinku-regions criteria, which means an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2007 levels by 2030.  The Carbon Neutral Municipalities network (Hinku) brings municipalities, businesses, citizens and experts together to create and carry out solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The municipalities involved are committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions more extensively and rapidly than EU targets would require. The network aims to create solutions that have economic and social benefits as well as environmental advantages.The Hinku network is coordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). The Regional Council of Kymenlaakso is also an active member of the Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe -ENCORE network.

The Carbon Neutral Kymenlaakso Region 2040 roadmap includes the most important measures that needs to be implemented in order to achieve carbon neutral status by 2040  and also greenhouse gas and carbon sink (LULUCF) calculations. The roadmap is compiled in wide cooperation with stakeholders, politicians, experts and citizens and is currently (November 2019) in the decision-making process of the Regional Board and Regional Assembly.

The green house gas emissions of Kymenlaakso region have dercreased approximately 40 % during years 1990-2017. This is mostly due to exceptionally high rate of renewable energy (65 %), structural change and technical improvements in industry and vehicles. Biggest sources of greenhouse gases in Kymenlaakso region are energy production, industry and traffic.

In order to achieve a carbon neutral status by the end of year 2040, the region of Kymenlaakso has compiled a roadmap which includes detailed info about the regions’s greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sinks (LULUCF sector) and the main measures that need to be implemented in different sectors such as industry, forestry and traffic. The roadmap has been compiled in cooperation with stakeholders, politicians, experts, citizens and corporations. The region of Kymenlaakso has to decrease greenhouse gas emissions emerging especially from traffic, energy production and agriculture sectors. Also LULUCF sector’s carbon sinks need to be increased in forests and soils. Measures in the roadmap include for example eco-innovations, cleantech, circular economy approach in all sectors, climate wise forestry, increasing the share of renewable energy, compact urban structure and environmental education and comprehensive cooperation in all sectors.

Further info:

Carbon neutral Kymenlaakso 2040 roadmap (in Finnish)

Carbon neutral Finland network Hinku

Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe -ENCORE network

Circular economy workshop (Regional Council of Kymenlaakso and the ENCORE network, January 2020)

Environmental Planner Anna-Riikka Karhunen, tel +358447478503, Tämä sähköpostiosoite on suojattu spamboteilta. Tarvitset JavaScript-tuen nähdäksesi sen.


Kymenlaakso's Smart Specialisation RIS3 Strategy

SMART-specialization is the driving force behind innovation, growth and internationalization - to be a competitive, attractive and vibrant Kymenlaakso.

The Smart Specialization Strategy is a process of economic change that makes critical choices based on their own strengths and the scarce resources are focused on fewer and more impressive projects under the RIS3 (Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization).

The Kymenlaakso RIS3 strategy describes the region's strengths and expertise to distinguish itself from other areas. The strategy is also a way to market Kymenlaakso and its expertise internationally. The RIS3 strategy will provide all actors with a common vision, framework and objectives for implementing regional development projects and innovation activities. In the economic development and renewal, strong focus on financial support for research, development and innovation is of key importance. The long-term goal of implementing the strategy is internationality and inter-regional project cooperation within the themes of intelligent differentiation.


Baltic Sea Region Smart-Up Innovation Camp Palanga-Klaipeda 2018
Solving Grand Societal Challenges for Sustainable Future in BSR

come get inspired | come learn | come get smarter

June 13-15, 2018, Palanga-Klaipeda, Lithuania

How to tackle grand societal challenges like climate change and healthy ageing via smart specialisation in Baltic Sea Region? How to promote circular economy? And how to attract relevant businesses inclusively?

Smart-Up BSR Mini-Camp in Palanga-Klaipeda, organized jointly by Aalto University, MITA Science Agency and Klaipeda Science And Technology Park, brings together a group of about 30 dynamic professionals from Baltic Sea harbor areas, universities, cities & municipalities to innovate solutions for grand societal challenges, sustainable port development and sustainable future in Baltic Region.

Klaipeda region opens up on its regional challenge to become a competitive and sustainable port – an important part of Lithuanian national economy. How to flexibly transform local maritime industries in tune with global digitization and automation trends? How to find its own niche and competitive advantage? How to reach stakeholder consensus locally and lobby on national level?

The Mini-Camp starts with a visit to Western Baltija Shipbuilding to get the insights on maritime industry development at Klaipeda region. Three working groups in Smart-Up BSR Mini-Camp will focus to explore the Klaipeda challenge, and the broader context of how to address grand societal challenges through smart specialization and inter-regional collaboration.

Stay tuned to learn about the outcomes of the Mini-Camp in Palanga-Klaipeda!

To learn more about Smart-Up BSR project:


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Regional Council of Kymenlaakso

Karhulantie 36 B / PO Box 35, 48601 Kotka

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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.