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.

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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