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Helsinki City Board approves MAL agreement on land use, housing and transport for 2020–2031

The Helsinki City Board approved the MAL agreement on land use, housing and transport between the Helsinki Region and the State of Finland at the City Board meeting of 21 September 2020.

The MAL agreement on land use, housing and transport for 2020–2031 is a continuation agreement to the MAL agreement for 2016–2019. The agreement is based on the plan of 2019 for the Helsinki Region land use, housing and transport. The plan of 2019 was prepared jointly by the Helsinki Region municipalities, Helsinki Region Transport HSL and the Finnish Government administrations for environmental affairs and transport.

The MAL agreement is based on the common intent of fourteen municipalities in the Helsinki Region and the State of Finland for the development of the region. The agreement strengthens the mutual cooperation between the municipalities in the region, a continued cooperation of the municipalities in planning, the partnership between the region’s municipalities and the State of Finland, and the commitment of the parties to the agreement to the measures required for the development of the region.

The agreement defines the goals and development approaches for a sustainable and low-carbon urban structure and transport system in the region, for housing, and for the quality of the living environment. The agreement describes the courses of action to be taken to achieve the goals, and it states the actions agreed upon. In addition, the agreement states other Finnish Government actions essential for the implementation of the agreement. The other Finnish Government actions stated in the agreement include actions that concern a legislative reform pertaining to the Land Use and Building Act, the preparation of a plan for a national transport system, and other governmental development programmes.

At their meeting of 21 September, the City Board also considered initiatives put forward by City Council groups and by City Councillors, and the City Board issued a statement on an alteration to the basic agreement concerning the Kårkulla samkommun joint municipal authority.

All decisions of the City Board meeting are available on the decisions release page. A decisions release is posted on the page until meeting minutes are published. City Board meeting minutes are available here. (All pages and documents are in Finnish.)