The regional strategic programme is a document compliant with the Regional Development Act ( Laki alueiden kehittämisestä), no. 1651 (2009), and it contains the development objectives, central projects and any other actions required for meeting the objectives, in addition to the financing plan. According to the Act on Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures for Official Plans and Programmes ( Laki viranomaisten suunnitelmien ja ohjelmien ympäristövaikutusten arvioinnista, only available in Finnish), no. 200 of 2005, an assessment report has been drafted on the implementation of the regional strategic programme. The policy definitions of the regional strategic programme guide the public development funding, land use, and safeguarding interests in Lapland for the following four-year term.
A medium-term regional strategic programme is to be formulated on the basis of the strategy presented in the regional strategic programme. The regional strategic programme describes in detail how and with which central projects the strategy is implemented. In addition, the programme describes how the national special programmes - such as the Regional Cohesion and Competitiveness Programme and the Centre of Expertise Programme - are implemented in Lapland. The regional strategic programme also includes a financing plan, assessment report and a Sámi culture section, which is prepared by the Finnish Sámi Parliament.
The implementation plan of the regional strategic programme is prepared every year. The plan presents the most essential projects to be executed within the regional strategic programme during the following year. The implementation plan also operates as the Region's proposal for the preparation of the State budget and its regional allocation.