In this section you will find information about Interreg Europe in your country - who to contact for programme information, which organisations are responsible for Structural Funds, if there are any information seminars happening, what system of first level control is set up in your country and any other information specific to your location.

National point of contact

If you need basic information about the programme, if you have any questions on how the programme rules are interpreted in your country, if you want to check whether your organisation is eligible for funding, or if you want to know if there are any information events organised, then get in touch with your point of contact.

Petri Haapalainen
Ministry of Employment and the Economy
Regional Department
P.O.Box 32
FI-0023 Government, Finland

Phone: +358 2950 64922
Fax: +358 9 1606 2160

MĂ€kinen Annukka
Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities 
Toinen linja 14,
Helsinki 00530

Phone: +358 (9) 771 2530
Fax: +358 (9) 771 2535

Harry Ekestam
Ministry of Employment and the Economy
Regional Dpartment
P.O.Box 32
FI-00023 Government, Finland

Phone: +358 2950 64921
Fax: +358 9 1606 2160

Bodies responsible for Structural Funds programmes

You can find here the lists of the managing authorities and/or intermediate bodies of Investment for Growth and Jobs programmes and European Territorial Cooperation programmes. If policies under these programmes are addressed by a project, we would expect the relevant organisation to be partner. If they are not partners, the relevant organisation must sign the letter of support submitted with the project application.

National events

Details of any events organised in your country are published here. The national point of contact is responsible for the organisation and registration for national events.

National information day on Interreg Europe is an event for potential applicants. It is an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the features of the new interregional cooperation programme. The event also offers inspiring examples of INTERREG IVC projects and their achievements.

26 May 2015HelsinkiAgendaRegistration closed

First level control information

This section provides information on the system set up for first level control in your country. Any costs associated with this control are indicated so they can be planned for in any project budget.

The system

Finland has opted for a decentralised first level control system. Before the first expenditure can be reported, the project partners will have to propose an independent internal or external controller to the following body: 

Ministry of Employment and the Economy
Regional Department
P.O. Box 32, FI-00023 Government, Finland

Contact person :

Ms Tuula Manelius
Phone : +358 10 60 64909
Fax : + 358 10 60 47027
E-mail : 

This body will authorise the controller proposed by the project partner after having checked that the controller is sufficiently independent from project activities and finances and qualified to carry out the control of an INTERREG Europe project. Further guidance on the first level control system in Finland and the application form for the appoitment of the first level controller can be found on the following internet address (in English, Finnish and Swedish):

The costs

The costs resulting from the control can be reported as eligible costs in compliance with the relevant EU-regulations and programme rules. 

On-the-spot checks

The first level controllers will carry out on-the-spot-checks at least once during the project lifetime. 


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