Bridge agreements have had a positive effect on regional development

MDI carried out a study  for the Ministry of Employment and the Economy on the operating model, process and effects of bridge agreements between the state and the regions and presented proposals for developing the operating model. In 2018–2020, the state entered into bridge agreements with Southwest Finland, Kainuu, Pirkanmaa and North-Savo to identify and resolve growth bottlenecks in these regions. According to the study, the agreements have had many positive effects, such as closer cooperation between the state and the regions. Bridge agreements have also increased the purposefulness and coherence of regional development.

Five measures are proposed to develop the bridge contract procedure:

  1. More precise delimitation of the focus in the area.
  2. Clear definition of the roles and responsibilities of regional and state representatives during the bridge contract process.
  3. Listing key bridge contract objectives by region, developing appropriate monitoring indicators and reviewing them every 6 months.
  4. Clarification of the financial package and payment of earmarked money to enable the implementation of the bridge package.
  5. Building a bridge contract model in such a way that it encourages and motivates all regions both for the development of their own region and for cooperation with other regions.

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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