Our international work

The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (AFLRA) oversees the interests of Finnish cities, municipalities and regions in the European Union and in international cooperation. We want to influence EU policy-making and capitalize on the opportunities offered by international collaboration to ensure better operating and development conditions for the cities and municipalities.  

The AFLRA is a member of several international organisations, such as the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).

Our EU and international team members assist the Finnish delegation to the European Committee of the Regions and the Finnish delegation to the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

We have an office in Brussels for representing local and regional interests in the EU and for establishing close contacts with the EU institutions and others partners and stakeholders in Brussels.

Laura Parsama

Laura Parsama

International Affairs Manager
Customer Relationships, Networks and International Affairs, International Affairs Team
+358 9 771 2046, +358 50 478 2170
  • leadership of the International Affairs Team and goal setting
  • international networks (UCLG, CEMR and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe)
  • EU and international affairs network of municipalities and regions