Part of the funding for the Innovation and Skills in Finland 2021–2027 programme received from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) has been allocated to the implementation of national themes. National themes are strategically significant areas of development that have been prepared under the lead of ministries but are implemented within the programme’s operational framework. The centres for economic development, transport and the environment that handle structural fund duties serve as the intermediate bodies for national themes.
The Häme Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment is the intermediate body for the following national themes:
- Developing services for children, young people and families, and promoting wellbeing, aiming for equality (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Ministry of Education and Culture)
- Ensuring a smooth daily life for immigrants in Finland: employment, competence and inclusion (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health)
- Supporting and coordinating inclusion, gender equality and equal treatment in European Social Fund activities 2021–2027 (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Ministry of Education and Culture)
- Project for coordinating social innovation (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health)
- Supporting people with poor employment prospects (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health)
- Promoting equality and equal treatment, preventing deprivation (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health)
- Improving the business conditions of social enterprises (Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment)
The descriptions of national themes will be completed in the spring of 2022. For themes with projects that coordinate overall project activities, calls for applications will be announced for the coordinating projects in the spring of 2022. Open calls for applications will be announced in the EURA2021 system and on the national theme pages.