Housing is a precondition for achieving personal wellbeing, for social participation, for integrating into society and for contributing to a fair and inclusive society. It is a major element in our fight for a more social Europe: leaving no one behind also means leaving no one without a decent and affordable home! At the same time, it will be a key component of a truly European Green Deal through the upcoming Renovation Wave Strategy, which aims at scaling up the energy renovation of the building stock and at tackling energy poverty.
Local and regional politicians have experience in the provision of housing on a daily basis. They are also familiar with the difficulties coming from the lack of financing to actually build new dwellings or from conflicting EU legislation in policy areas linked to housing. These create obstacles for established schemes at local and regional level to support affordable and sustainable housing.
To tackle these challenges, progressive cities and regions have taken innovative actions and can inspire us with their initiatives. At the same time, through various initiatives, cities are partnering up. They are asking for Europe's help in tackling the social, economic and sustainability aspects of the housing crisis, all of which have been exacerbated even more by the coronavirus pandemic.
The workshop aims to identify the obstacles met by local and regional politicians to finance affordable and sustainable housing through European funds (the cohesion funds, the recovery plan or InvestEU in particular) to identify progressive solutions and best practices, and to list core policy demands for European policy-makers that could feed into the European Parliament's report “Access to decent and affordable housing for all”.
A strong future cohesion policy and a European Deal for Housing need to go hand in hand!
For more information, please visit: https://pes.cor.europa.eu/european-deal-housing
Maria Freitas, Senior Policy Advisor, Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Belgium.
Estrella Durá Ferrandis, Member, European Parliament, Spain.
Peter Florianschütz, Member of the Vienna City Council and PES Group member, Vienna City, Austria.
Milan Ftáčnik, Co-author of the study on “Concrete actions for Social and Affordable Housing in the EU, Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Slovakia.
Alison Gilliland, Member of the Dublin City Council and PES Group member, Dublin City, Ireland.
Michaela Kauer, Coordinator of the EU Urban Agenda Housing Partnership, City of Vienna, Austria.
Virginio Merola, Mayor of Bologna and PES Group member, City of Bologna, Italy.
Enrico Rossi, President, Tuscany region, Italy.
Christophe Rouillon, President of the PES Group and Mayor of Coulaines, European Committee of the Regions, Belgium.
Jutta Steinruck, Mayor, City of Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Karin Zauner-Lohmeyer, Affordable housing activist, "Housing For All", Austria.
Cohesion and Cooperation
European Committee of the Regions - PES
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