National support unit

The Rural Network Support Unit is based in Agency for Rural Affairs in Seinäjoki, in the heart of the vital rural region of Western Finland.
The unit coordinates and helps to ensure commitment to the national Rural Network, disseminating information on the opportunities and achievements of the rural development programmes for Mainland Finland and the autonomous Åland Islands. These programmes aim to maintain and boost the vitality of the Finnish countryside, improve the state of the environment, and ensure the sustainable use of renewable natural resources.
The Finnish Rural Network brings together the various actors involved in the rural development programmes, including Leader action groups, associations, advisory organisations and other stakeholders. The crucial factor behind the success of network activities is that actors feel they truly belong to the Rural Network, and can use it to build new links and create new forms of cooperation.
Contact us, you will find the contacts at the bottom of the page!

Rural Network Support Unit

Date updated: Feb 17, 2020
Teemu Hauhia
tel. +358 (0)40 545 4016
Tasks: Head of Unit
Network Expert
Juha-Matti Markkola
tel. +358 (0)40 559 9412
Areas of responsibility: Leader, rural entrepreneurship, international cooperation and innovation networks, coordination and nationwide projects

Financial Planning Coordinator
Hanna Lilja
tel. +358 (0)40 556 6281
Tasks: financial administration, purchases, clerical tasks

Communications Specialist
Sinikka Torssonen
tel. +358 (0)40 550 5085
Tasks: communication
Communications Coordinator
Pirjo Onikki
tel. +358 (0)50 434 9896
Tasks: electronic communications, coordination of regional communications event coordination

Network Expert
Salla Pätilä
tel. +358 (0)505345731
Areas of responsibility: regional networks, Nordic-Baltic co-operation, services in rural areas

Network Expert
Areas of responsibility: innovation networks, research cooperation, Neuvo 2020 (rural advisory services), agriculture and forestry, environment
Tuomas Metsäniemi
tel. +358 (0)50 352 0392

EMFF Network Coordinator
Sinna Seppänen
tel. 0295 204033