Work to achieve regional and national aims at the Provincial State Office of Central Finland was broken off as the number of administrative districts in Finland was reduced to five. The administrative district of Central Finland was terminated through a resolution made by the Parliament on 31st August, 1997. The municipalities of Central Finland were placed under the administrative district of Western Finland, with Turku as its capital.

In 1995 Finland joined the European Union. The Finnish Government coupled the country's regional policies, predominantly managed by administrative districts, to the European Union's regional and structural system. The Jyväskylä Region continued to be Central Finland's functional and economic centre. Central Finland's success relied on the products of the wood and metal industries. The province possessed the nation's most productive private forests. Central Finland became more attractive to pleasure boaters once the Keitele-Päijänne canal was opened. Adventure and experiences added a new dimension to tourism in the province, where holidays on the farm or in the lap of nature are major draws.