The Regional Council of North Karelia has close cooperation links with regions in Europe and Asia. Widening the cooperation scope to the rest of the world is one of the development aims. Council participates in several European networks and projects.
The East and North Finland EU office represents the interest of the regions of Central Ostrobothnia, Kainuu, Lapland, North Karelia, Northern Ostrobothnia, North Savo and South Savo in Brussels. In close collaboration with the regional councils the Brussels office aims to improve the competitiveness and conditions of the businesses throughout the East and North of Finland.
The Council also monitors the implementation of the European Territorial Cooperation Programmes (Northern Periphery and Artic, Interreg Baltic Sea Region and Interreg Europe) in the region of North Karelia.
North Karelia is also a member of Barents region, Association of European Border Regions, Network of Northern Sparsely Populated areas, European Regions Research and Innovation Network and European Regions for Innovation in Agriculture, Food and Forestry network.
Regional Council of North Karelia has also signed a memorandum of understanding concerning cooperation priorities with the province of Nagano in Japan.