What should be the role of research and innovation in taking steps towards "Smart regions"? How to make this transformation happen in practice and through which instruments and projects? This was the focus of debate during a conference entitled "Pioneering Europe 2020 Smart Regions" organised on the occasion of the meeting of the Committee of the Regions' commission for Education, Youth, Culture and Research (EDUC) in Espoo (Finland) on 25–26 April.
MEPs and experts in the field of transport policy say that the momentum for Rail Baltic, a high-speed train link from Helsinki-Tallinn region through the Baltic States to War¬saw and Berlin, is stronger than ever before. Rail Baltic as one of the TEN-T core network corridors was discussed at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, 9 April 2013 at the Towards Corridor Platforms: Case Rail Baltic conference. The event was moderated by Director Jean-Eric Paquet from DG Move.
During 2013-2014 Helsinki-Uusimaa Region is chairing the significant political platform for regions surrounding the Baltic; the Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation (BSSSC). The traditions of the BSSSC go back for more than 20 years.
Educated internationals in Helsinki region are facing challenges to settle in comparing to those who live in Turku, Tallinn, Tartu and Stockholm-Uppsala region according to an internationally conducted survey by the Expat-project. The overall dissatisfaction from educated internationals was related to social connection to the local society and the basic public services.
The BSSSC Chairmanship (BSSSC, Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation) officially shifted from the Polish West Pomeranian Region to the Finnish Helsinki-Uusimaa Region in the beginning of year 2013.
As a part of its year as the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) of 2012, Helsinki-Uusimaa region is co-funding the Innovation Express tour for Finnish entrepreneurial students organized by LaureaES, an association that promotes student entrepreneurship. The trip started from Brussels where the students met with the representatives of the EU Commission and Parliament as well as local entrepreneurs.
Helsinki Region Welcome Weeks is a three-week long concept. It is built around a series of events that gather both old and new internationals of the Helsinki metropolitan area to come together and share experiences. The event kicks off on Saturday, August 25th. It is organized now for the third time. The purpose of the event is to give internationals living, working and studying in Finland a better chance to get to know each other and establish contacts – all in a fun, cheerful manner!
Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe’s (CPMR) board will hold its meeting in Helsinki in June 7-8, 2012. The meeting will be opened by Eero Heinäluoma, chairman of the Uusimaa Regional Council Assembly and chairman of the Finnish Parliament. For Uusimaa region, one of the key questions of the meeting is how to combine planning in coastal areas and sea areas.