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Sat, 30 Nov, 2013 05:22:48 AM
FTimes Report, November 30
A cooperation model titled Development of Wellbeing and Civil Safety in Municipalities has been chosen as the best project in the European Public Sector Award competition organised by the European Institute of Public Administration. 
A total of 26 countries took part in the competition, said a press release of the Ministry of the Interior on Thursday.
The purpose of the competition was to seek new creative ways to overcome the economic crisis that Europe is facing. 
The Lapland project, which is implemented under the leadership of the Regional State Administrative Agency of Lapland and funded by the Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland, was selected for the final round out of 230 applications. 
Organised every two years, the competition aims to find new innovative solutions for maintaining well-being and security with existing or decreasing resources.
The Lapland model shows how close cooperation between the public sector, civil society and entrepreneurs helps identify substantial new resources in the municipalities and guarantee the necessary municipal services without additional funding.
The model clarifies the role of municipal management and makes the use of existing resources more efficient.
The model is being piloted in five municipalities: Kemijärvi, Pelkosenniemi, Posio, Tornio and Pudasjärvi. 
The pilot municipalities are convinced that by focusing on preventive rather than corrective measures and by improving resource allocation, they will not only generate savings, but also increase the well-being and security of residents, said the release.
The Development of Wellbeing and Civil Safety in Municipalities project is an important part of Finland's Internal Security Programme and the associated implementation of preventive work and local security planning. 
The Programme includes measures to improve everyday security in accordance with the policy lines set out in the government programme of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen's administration. 
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