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A SUCCESS STORY: Rail Baltica Growth Corridor. BEST PRACTICES PRESENTATIONS Seville , 16 th December 2013 Rosa Vihavainen, Education and Innovation Expert Helsinki- Uusimaa Regional Council. PROJECT BACKGROUND Rail Baltica Growth Corridor :

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A SUCCESS STORY: Rail Baltica Growth Corridor

BEST PRACTICES PRESENTATIONSSeville, 16th December 2013

Rosa Vihavainen, Education and Innovation Expert

Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council

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PROJECT BACKGROUND

  • RailBalticaGrowthCorridor:
  • 21 partners in 7 countries - Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany
    • 9 cities, 6 regions, 5 researchinstitutions, 1 public transport authority
    • LeadPartner: City of Helsinki
    • 24 AssociateOrganizations: Ministries, railwaycompanies, universities, logisticsdevelopmentorganizations and projects
  • Duration: 3 years, 2011 - 2013
  • Budget: 3,6 M EUR
  • Funding: EuropeanRegionalDevelopmentFund
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PROJECT BACKGROUND

  • Background: in 2006 Baltic Metropoles’ network defined Fehmarn Belt (between the German island of Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland) and Rail Baltica as the two most important transport infrastructural projects
  • From Finland’s point of view: as travel connections elsewhere in Europe improve and travel times shorten, a risk that Finland will be isolated
  • Objective: to improve the competitiveness and accessibility of cities and regions in the Eastern Baltic Sea Region through increased interaction and cooperation
  • Focus on improving passenger mobility and freight transportation
  • Organization of multilevel dialogue about transport policies of Baltic countries
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Blueline: existingconnections

Red line: the RailBalticaplan

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PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • The Connectivity Pilot for passenger transport improves the accessibility of the Baltic Sea Region by introducing an integrated door-to-door travel planner for long-distance and local public transport in the project region
  • The Logistics Pilot for freight transport harmonizes the services of the logistics centres in Baltic States and strives to create new service products for global freight flows
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RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS

  • Extensive stakeholder inclusion and policy dialogue  commitment of cities and regions
  • The project’s work will continue following the Growth Strategy
  • Preparation of Rail Baltic Branding project and the governance model has begun
  • Ultimate goal: to build a railway from Warsaw to Tallinn (to Helsinki), to connect Central and Eastern Europe
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A SUCCESS STORY: Innovative Services for International Talents – Easier Access to the CBSR (EXPAT project)

BEST PRACTICES PRESENTATIONSSeville, 16th December 2013

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PROJECT BACKGROUND

  • Innovative Services for International Talents – Easier Access to the CBSR (EXPAT project)
  • Duration: 2 years (2012-2013)
  • Budget: 1,3 M EUR
  • Program: Central Baltic INTERREG IV A Programme 2007-2013
  • Partners:
    • Finland:
      • Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council (Lead Partner), Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Culminatum Innovation Ltd
      • Turku Science Park (Western Finland), Regional Council of South-West Finland
    • Sweden: City of Uppsala
    • Estonia: Institute of Baltic Studies, E-Governance Academy
    • Latvia: Riga Planning Region, University of Latvia
  • Objectives: to make the region more attractive for international skilled workforce, students and professionals, their spouses and families, by improving soft landing services and by facilitating creation of social networks
  • Importance of social integration highlighted
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PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • Analysis of the localimmigrationpolicies, currentservices and expats’ needsin partnerregions and comparisonwithotherregions
    • Surveyresearch on howexpatsexperience the level of immigrationservices, howtheir social integrationhassucceeded in the participantregions
    • Workshopsand seminars
    • Case studies in Stockholm and Amsterdam
    • Otherregions’ bestpractices: review of Toronto’ssettling-inservices for immigrants
  • Introduction of new practices
    • Online portal for sharing project activities and results, for partners and stakeholders
    • Cooperation initiatives to enhance cooperation among public, private and third sector actors
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RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS

  • Need to improve immigration services for skilled workforce demonstrated
  • Policy recommendations, e.g.:
    • To increaseawareness of the region’sneed for skilled labour as a decisivefactor for globalcompetitiveness
    • Holistic approach on services: improvement of coordination of local immigration services and need to network public and private sector service providers
    • To increase information on soft landing services for expats
    • Development of regionalimmigrationpolicy, focusing on expats’ social integration and wellbeing
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GENERAL CHALLENGES ON THE PERIOD 2007-2013

  • Need for simplification of the application process
  • Funding for the preparation of large-scale projects needed
  • Fragmentation of the themes of the projects  weaker overall impact
  • Measuring impact difficult
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GENERAL CONCLUSIONS

  • Closer cooperation needed with neighbouring regions and the central government to increase impact of the regional development planning
  •  New regional strategic plan 2040 (Uusimaa programme) developed together with the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (governmental agency)
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THANK YOU

Rosa Vihavainen

  • Education and Innovation Expert

Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council

Rosa.vihavainen@uudenmaanliitto.fi