MDI to assist in the preparation of new strategies for regionalisation

The Ministry of Finance has started the preparation of new strategies for regionalisation. Regionalisation refers to the location of government units and functions outside the metropolitan area.

The current form of regionalisation began at the beginning of this millennium and is coordinated, monitored and developed under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance. These policies are now being reformed. Reforms relate to  the nature of state action and presence in the regions in the 2020s, specifically to fulfil the tasks of the various state agencies and to serve the needs of citizens and businesses. These new strategies are designed to take into account the needs of different client and language groups while addressing the required changes to the state’s regionalisation objectives and principles.

The guidelines to be prepared in the project will serve as a basis for the reform of the current regionalisation legislation. MDI will collect the knowledge base for the policy preparation task and will participate in the regional round which will be carried out in major areas during weeks 3 and 4 of 2020. The policy definitions will be completed by the end of March 2020. The work is directed by the Regionalisation Coordination Group and is commissioned by the Ministry of Finance.

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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