The Council of Oulu Region is regional, politically guided, municipal coalition for the development and interest supervision in the county. It is responsible for regional planning and general coordination of regional development programs related to national and EU structural funds. The Council oversees the interests of the people, municipalities, organizations and enterprises and speaks on their behalf regarding both national and international questions.
According to its vision, the Council of Oulu Region is “a nationally visible force and an inspirational leader within the province´. The work of the regional council is intersectoral; it cooperates between different administrative sectors, organizations, business life and inhabitants. It outlines regional development targets, key projects and measures through the regional planning system that consists of the regional development plan, the regional strategic programme and the regional land use plan are.
The highest decision-making body of regional administration is the Regional Council Assembly, which is elected by a meeting of delegates from the member local authorities. Executive functions are carried out by the Administrative Board, which is elected by the Assembly. This system of elected representatives ensures that the inhabitants and local authorities have their own say on regional issues and decision-making.
In Europe the Council of Oulu region is represented via North Finland EU Office in Brussels.