MDI organizes International affairs workshop in Päijät-Häme region

As part of the Regional, Government, Health and Social Services Reform, in the new provinces, international affairs are being combined in new ways in different fields. In preparations for the Päijät-Häme Regional Reform a special workshop on international and EU affairs was planned to consider the tasks of the new province with a clean slate. MDI became acquainted with the preparatory material and carried out an intensive workshop that provided an overview of the most important tasks of the future province for international affairs and outlined the most optimal organizational form. The Regional Council of Päijät-Häme continues the preparations based on the results of the workshop.

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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