Uusimaa Regional Council is one of the 18 regional councils in Finland. Regional councils are statutory authorities for regional development and regional planning. Regional councils are leading actors for planning and lobbying in the region. They co-ordinate and implement a number of national and EU projects.
Regional councils emphasize the interests of people, businesses and municipalities in the region. They produce research material and various scenarios and surveys. Regional councils collaborate with different actors in the region.
The elected officials in the regional councils are politicians elected by the member municipalities. They represent the political will of the inhabitants of the region according to the results of the local elections and are elected for a mandate of four years.
Long-term planning as well as short-term action plans are both central in the work of a regional council.