The report on the effectiveness of the Finnish Enterprise Agencies

About 30 regional and local Finnish Enterprise Agencies operate in Finland. Their mission is to promote the creation of new business activities through the provision of advice and expert services. The report created by MDI is divided into four stages. In the first phase, statistical and operational environment analysis will be carried out on the results of the Finnish Enterprise Agencies.

In the second phase, an online survey will be conducted for those entrepreneurs who have established a company during the last five years through one of the Finnish Enterprise Agencies.

In the third phase, the regional impact of the Enterprise Agency is investigated within its own area of operation. At the fourth stage, a calculation model is created to evaluate the social impact of the Finnish Enterprise Agencies.

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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