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The 14 municipalities of the Helsinki region approved at their meeting the principles and objectives that will steer the preparation of their plan for land use, housing and transport for 2019, known as the MAL 2019 plan.

The goal of the planning is to cut emissions from transport in the region by no less than 50 percent from 2005 to 2030.

Workforce availability should improve by no less than 10 percent from 2018 to 2030.

Differences between the region’s areas should decrease and social segregation should not increase from 2018 to 2030.

The MAL planning is based on the forecast according to which the Helsinki region will have a total population of 2 million and 1.05 million jobs in 2050.

The MAL planning is based on the needs of the Helsinki region, national obligations and earlier plans for land use, housing and transport.

Planning solutions will be assessed against the requirements that no less than 90 percent of housing production should be focused in areas that are prioritized in the region’s land use; that the share of sustainable modes of transport (walking, cycling and public transport) should be no less than 70 percent of all regional transport; and that no less than 85 percent of the population should live in areas where residents can use sustainable modes of transport.

The first cooperation meeting of the Helsinki region municipalities during the current City Council term elected Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori as the meeting chair.

As vice chairs, the meeting elected Vihti Municipal Council Chair Eerikki Viljanen and Espoo City Council Chair Jyrki Kasvi.

Source: The City of Helsinki