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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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Executive Director (Regional Mayor)
Tel. +358 40 548 0311
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Head of International Affairs
Tel.  +358 40 512 3356
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Planning Director
Tel. +358 50 308 7290
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Assistant for Internationa Affairs
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.


- 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