MDI studies state aid regulation concerning regional development companies

Regional development companies (RDCs) are mainly owned by municipalities. Their task is to produce business advisory services in the region on behalf of the owner municipalities. RDCs also seek to strengthen the vitality of the region by creating tempting operational environments and facilities and by activating local SMEs to growth. RDCs implement these tasks with budgeted funding from the municipalities and also by carrying out EU-funded projects.

Lately, there have been some changes in the funding regulation and therefore the state’s part funding in EU-projects has been seen as state aid for RDCs. The RDCs have pointed out their concern, if the new regulation or interpretation is hindering Finnish SMEs’ possibilities for success in international competition.

Association of Regional Development Agencies in Finland, SEKES, has appointed MDI to carry out a study to clarify the role of RDCs as a part of national policy for economic development. The study includes an international benchmark between Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands and how these countries interprete state’s part funding in EU projects the RDCs are carrying out. MDI has teamed up with Business Law Finland Ltd and the European Policies Research Centre at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow to conduct the work. The study is due in December 2015.

A sustainable green transition is achieved by investing in the diversity of RDI activities – the AGDA project continues to work on this theme

AGDA is a Nordic development project funded by the Nordic Gender Equality Fund (NIKK). The project focuses on the opportunities that a greater focus on diversity and inclusion could create in the RDI-field, particularly in respect of green transition.

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MDI leads the co-creative process of developing, piloting and sharing practices for wellbeing in Sustainable Cities

The challenge bundle work is the cross-cutting co-development of the “Sustainable City” programme, co-ordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, with the aim of producing and sharing information, knowledge and solutions to the challenges linking cities’ management and practice in the area of leading work towards sustainability. The work produces concrete development measures, new ways of doing things and peer learning.

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A new project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture will explore multi-locality from the point of view of companies and their employers: is place-independence becoming the future norm of successful companies?

Although remote working and place-independent work have already been examined extensively from both the public administration implications and individual perspectives,…

Read more A new project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture will explore multi-locality from the point of view of companies and their employers: is place-independence becoming the future norm of successful companies?