The Rural Policy Council

The Rural Policy measures are undertaken in cooperation between ministries, regional agencies, municipalities and various NGO's related to the welfare of the rural population, rural businesses and rural development.

The Rural Policy Council has been appointed by the Government for the years 2016-2020. The Council consists of 35 members, representing all policy areas pertaining to everyday rural life and entrepreneurship.

The Rural Policy Council is led by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Leppä. The Secretary General, Christell Åström, is responsible for the operative work and is the Head the Secretariat.

The Vice Secretary Generals are: research professor Hilkka Vihinen from the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) representing research, chairman Petri Rinne from the National Village Association (SYTY) representing civil society and Senior Officer Rural Affairs Hanna-Mari Kuhmonen from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, representing the public sector.

Senior Officer Rural Affairs Antonia Husberg at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is head of research and development and communications as well as the National Finnish Rural Parliament.