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Helsinki-Uusimaa Region and Valencia in tighter cooperation


Valencia-sopimus 2018. Kuva European Committee of the Regions
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and the Valencia Region in Spain will tighten their cooperation in the future and strive to influence the future EU cohesion policy together. The regions have signed a three-year cooperation agreement in Brussels on October, 10th.

Photo: Mr Ossi Savolainen, Regional Mayor of Helsinki-Uusimaa and Mr Ximo Puig, President of the Regional Government of Valencia signing the cooperation agreement.

– We are not signing this agreement only because it looks good on paper. In the European interregional cooperation it is important to carry out what you have agreed upon. The credibility of the EU in the eyes of the citizens is foremost based upon what we can achieve together, the Regional Mayor of Helsinki-Uusimaa, Mr Ossi Savolainen emphasized.

Focus on research and innovations

The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region and the Valencia Region are cooperation partners since many years. The cooperation themes have been young entrepreneurial activities, but also environmental issues. Apart from these, a future impact will be made upon research and innovations, as well as upon education and culture.

– Physical activity, along with sports, have also been brought up as cooperation fields, Mr Savolainen adds.

Valencia-sopimus 2018. Kuva European Committee of the Regions
The cooperation agreement focuses on the view that both Helsinki-Uusimaa and Valencia have on the future EU funding period.   Both regions wish to make smart specialisation one of the most important criteria in regional development, both on a national and the EU level. 

Significant universities and research institutions can be found in both Helsinki-Uusimaa and Valencia, and they could gain from smart specialisation having a more purposeful role in the conditions given for the EU funding.

For more information, please contact:

Mr Juha Eskelinen, Director of Regional Development,
phone +358 50 587 2993

Photos: European Committee of the Regions

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