Rural Development Unit

The task of the Rural Development Unit is to promote the viability and renewal of the rural areas, economic conditions and competitiveness of business activities, action based on local self-initiative and care for the environment through measures under the EU part-funded Rural Development Programme and national action. 

E-mail addresses are in the form [email protected]  

Vesanto Taina
Head of Unit
tel. +358 2951 62405

Mäkelä Sirpa
tel. +358 2951 62460 

Repo Mia
Administrative Assistant
tel. +358 2951 62201

Kivistö Eeva-Kaisa
Information Officer
tel. +358 2951 62345 

Lyra Annukka (parenting leave)
Information Officer

Coordination of the Rural Development Programme

Anttila Leena
Ministerial Adviser
technical assistance, international projects, Baltic Sea, EIP
tel. +358 2951 62240 

Malm Tiina
Ministerial Adviser,
environment, animal welfare
p. +358 2951 62428  

Meurasalo Saara
Senior Officer
tel. +358 2951 62035

Pehkonen Eero (parenting leave)
Senior Officer
tel. +358 2951 62406 

Selkäinaho Marianne
Senior Agricultural Officer
project support
tel. +358 2951 62218

Summanen Leena
Rural Economist
tel. +358 2951 62272

Terho Virva 
Rural Economist
tel. +358 2951 62141

Regional development

Husberg Antonia
Senior Rural Officer
Rural Policy Council (MANE)
P. 02951 62033

Jänis Laura
Senior Rural Officer
Leader, local development, regional policy
p. 02951 62090

Kalliokoski Juuso
Senior Officer
enterprise support
tel. 358 2951 62470  

Leppänen Jorma
Ministerial Adviser
island policy
tel. +358 2951 62066

Sihvola Sanna
Ministerial Adviser
regional development, steering of Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
tel. +358 2951 62264

Summanen Leena
Rural Economist
tel. +358 2951 62272

Åström Christell
Senior Specialist
rural policy
tel. +358 2951 62030

Rural structures

Brännäs Kjell
Planning Officer
agricultural buildings and technologies
tel. +358 2951 62331 

Juvonen Esko
Agricultural Counsellor
structural support
p. 02951 62271   

Koivumäki Sanna
Senior Agricultural Officer
tel. +358 2951 62437

Schulman Anna
Senior Officer
tel.  +358 2951 62199

Seppänen Raija
Senior Architect
investments, building, community structure, planning and landscape
tel. +358 2951 62483

Further information

Taina Vesanto, Senior Ministerial Adviser 
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ruokaosasto, Maaseudun kehittämisyksikkö Agriculture and Fisheries Council  0295162405