Bilateral Cooperation

Käyntikortit. Kuvaaja Anni Levonen
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council has signed partnership agreements with the Moscow Regional Duma in Russia, the Mazovia and the Western Pomerania Regions in Poland, and the Valencia Region in Spain. The Zhejiang Region in China with its 56 million inhabitans is the cooperation region furthest away geographically.

The oldest agreement with the Moscow Region dates back to 2004. The agreement with the Mazovia Region was made in 2008 and the one with the Western Pomerania Region in 2014.

The Helsinki-Uusimaa Council and the Zhjiang Region are cooperation partners since September 2018. A three-year cooperation agreement with Valencia is the latest, and signed in October 2018.

Valencia-sopimus 2018. Kuva European Committee of the Regions
Mr Ossi Savolainen, Regional Mayor of Helsinki-Uusimaa and Mr Ximo Puig, President of the Regional Government of Valencia

The partnership agreement with the Moscow Region has been completed by consecutive action programmes. The latest action programme covers the years 2015–2017. Themes included in the action programme are tourism development, regional planning and infrastructure, water supply and waste water treatment, and agriculture.

The Helsinki-Uusimaa region and the Polish regions cooperate in regional planning and development, waste management and environment protection, as well as regarding innovations and issues related to a data society.

Between the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region and the Valencia Region the main focus is on entreprenurial activities, research and innovations. Cooperation themes are also education and culture.

In the partnership agreement with the Zhjiang Region in China the main theme is forwarding business contacts between regional enterprises.