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The Regional Council of Southwest Finland is one of Finland’s 19 regional councils. Regional councils are joint municipal authorities. Their role is to operate both as regional development authorities and as planning and lobbying organizations.

The Council is comprised of 27 municipalities, which finance the Council’s operations with contributions that are proportionate to the size of their populations.

Tasks

Promoter of Regional Development

The Council is responsible on a regional level for land use planning. The Council also formulates a longterm, strategic Regional Scheme, and a Regional Programme that is reviewed every four years to coincide with the term that elected councillors serve in office. These aim to harmonise measures from various official quarters which have an impact on regional development.

The regions long term development is shown on a map in the Regional Land Use Plan.

The Council also grants Regional Development funds for projects that put the goals of the Regional Programme and Plan into action.

Promoting of interests is facilitated by the close contacts between the Council and members of parliament who live in the region.

International Operator

In addition to being responsible for administering the EU programmes implemented in the region, the Regional Council of Southwest Finland maintains contacts internationally. The Council has an office in Brussels that is shared with the City of Turku and the universities. We participate in cooperation networks such as Conference for Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) and Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC), work actively for the impelmentation of the European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.