Housing Europe Invitation 02.04.2015
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Brussels, 2 April 2015
Housing Europe – The European Federation for Public, Cooperative and Social Housing

hosted by

The European Economic and Social Committee

invites you to the launch of
“The State of Housing in the Union – 2015 Report”
on the 5th of May 2015, 14:30 – 17:30

at the Jacques Delors Building, Rue Belliard 99, 1040 Brussels, 6th floor, room JDE 63

About the Publication 

Following our “Housing Europe Review of 2012”, the team of researchers of our European Ηousing Οbservatory presents “The State of Housing in the Union – 2015 report”.
This updated edition is the only study on housing in the European Union which offers: 
  • an overview of detailed trends and statistics per country 
  • cross-country analysis of the housing trends and
  • a compilation of the most significant policy updates and their interlinkages with EU policy developments.
  • Case studies featured will include housing finance post-2008, energy efficiency measures, social integration, innovation in public policy and governance

Background Information

Access to decent and affordable housing is a fundamental right, recognized at the international level and in more than one hundred national constitutions. The Charter of fundamental rights of the EU includes the right to social and housing assistance (Article 34).

The global economic and financial crisis of 2008 made European policy makers aware of the key role housing must play to achieve a stable economy and social cohesion. This resulted in a number of initiatives at European level as
  • greater support to housing by the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020
  • the recognition of housing as important area of social investment for the EU
  • increased attention to the stability of national housing markets and policies in the European economic governance process
  • the call by the European Parliament for an EU action framework for social housing
  • the extension of the notification-exemption of state aid rules regarding Services of General Economic Interest such as social housing and most recently
  • the Junker Plan shows the potential to act as catalyst for the financing of social housing and associated investment in Community development.


Join Housing Europe hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee, at this event for a presentation of the report highlights and reactions from policy makers & experts. 
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* It is important to register for the event, so that we can grant you access to the EESC building. 

Thank you very much in advance for your interest. In case you cannot read this e-mail, please use the 
PDF version attached.

Sorcha Edwards
Secretary General
The European Federation of Public, Cooperative & Social Housing

18, Square de Meeûs, 1050, Brussels
Tel:  +32 2 541 0568