of North Karelia
Regional Council of North Karelia
The work in the office of the Regional Council of North Karelia is led by Region Mayor Markus Hirvonen, who is assisted by a staff of approximately 45 persons.
The Regional Council of North Karelia is regional, politically guided, municipal coalition for the development and interest supervision in the region. It is responsible for regional planning and general coordination of regional development programs related to national and EU structural funds. The Council oversees the interests of the people, municipalities, organizations and enterprises and speaks on their behalf regarding both national and international questions.
The work of the Regional Council is intersectoral; it cooperates between different administrative sectors, organizations, business life and inhabitants. It outlines regional development targets, key projects and measures through the regional planning system that consists of the regional development plan, the regional strategic programme and the regional land use plan. Regional Council is also in charge of international activities of the region in its fields of activities.
The highest decision-making body of regional administration is the Regional Council Assembly, which is elected by a meeting of delegates from the member local authorities. Executive functions are carried out by the Administrative Board, which is elected by the Assembly. This system of elected representatives ensures that the inhabitants and local authorities have their own say on regional issues and decision-making.