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There are six Regional State Administrative Agencies that started operating on 1 January 2010. The agencies’ tasks consist of those of the former state provincial offices, occupational health and safety districts, environmental permit agencies and regional environmental centres. The agencies work in close collaboration with local authorities.
The agencies foster regional parity by executing all legislative implementation, steering and supervision functions in the regions. The agencies strengthen implementation of basic rights and legal protection, access to basic public services, environmental protection, environmental sustainability, public safety and a safe and healthy living and working environment in the regions.
Areas of responsibility:
- Base public services, legal rights and permits
- Occupational safety and health
- Environmental permits
- Fire and rescue services and preparedness
Reform Project for Regional Administration
The system of the Finnish regional state administration was reorganized in the beginning of 2010. As a part of the Reform Project for Regional Administration (ALKU), all state provincial offices, employment and economic centres, regional environmental centres, environmental permit agencies, road districts and occupational health and safety districts were phased out and their functions and tasks were reorganized and streamlined into two new regional state administrative bodies: the Regional State Administrative Agencies (AVI) and the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY). The new administrative structure will also form a backdrop for future changes in regional state administration.
The Reform Project for Regional State Administration was launched in the summer of 2007 to make the roles, duties, steering and regional division of all regional state administrative authorities clearer. The reform enhances the citizen and customer orientation of regional administration as well as increases efficiency and productivity in its functions. The reform also enhances the role of the regional councils in coordinating and harmonizing regional development activities.