Espoo’s 6Aika work soon to be visible also in Europe

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2018-03-02 16:05

The European Commission has selected the 6Aika strategy as the Finnish priority project of the 30th anniversary of its Cohesion Policy. This means extensive international visibility in EU communication for the service development work conducted within the 6Aika projects by the six largest cities in Finland, including Espoo.

The joint 6Aika strategy of the six largest cities in Finland (Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere, Vantaa, Oulu and Turku) is developing more open and smarter services. The aim is to create new competence, business and jobs in Finland.

The 6Aika strategy is being implemented through various development projects that deal with learning, exercise, circular economy and employment, among other things.

Espoo’s work showcased online

The EU-funded 6Aika is a significant financing programme for the service development work done in Espoo. Among other things, the City of Espoo has developed the co-creation model between schools and companies, in which pupils and teachers participate in the testing and development of new digital products and services that support learning.

The City of Espoo website includes a summary of all 6Aika work done in Espoo divided into projects that have already been completed and those that are in progress.

Furthermore, the City of Espoo is turning its key 6Aika products into a Make with Espoo product family and the first publications are already available on the city’s Issuu account. The product family will be completed during summer 2018.

The family includes three types of publications: theoretical frameworks, manuals that offer models and concrete application examples illustrating implementations by the City of Espoo. The contents are available for copying and further refining, as long as the source is listed.

Balance is sought through Cohesion Policy

Cohesion Policy is a part of the EU’s regional and structural policy, aimed at achieving a better financial, social and regional balance in Europe. During the programme period 2014–2020, Cohesion Policy funding is €351.8 billion, approximately one-third of the EU budget.

The funding is delivered through three main funds: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund (ESF) and Cohesion Fund. These funds are an important investment tool for measures supporting employment, innovations, education, participation and the shift towards a low-carbon economy.