More than 300 housing experts and managers of apartment associations all over Estonia met in Tallinn last Tuesday, October 9th, to attend the 21th Forum of Apartment Associations organized by EKYL. These annual forums are the biggest and most recognized housing conferences in Estonia, covering the most urgent and relevant discussion topics on housing. The first Forum took place in 1998 and since then, the aim for EKYL has been to organize the Forums as a ground for housing discussions between different stakeholders – apartment associations, municipalities and state institutions in Estonia.
This year the topic of reconstruction grants for apartment associations was in focus. “According to current estimations, 250 million € are needed for reconstruction grants for apartment associations to support sustainability of the multi-apartment houses built before 1990s. EKYL appreciates that the voice of the apartment associations is heard by the state and the government is planning financial support to apartment associations. Unfortunately, today the planned sums are not sufficient yet”, said Andres Jaadla, Chairman of EKYL and Housing Europe Board Member. According to the state budget strategy, 100 million euros are planned for reconstruction grants for next four years in Estonia.
The key speakers at the 21st Forum were from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the Estonian Consumer Protection Board, Estonian Competition Authority, Fund KredEx etc.
The main discussions at the Forum were on:
- the first year with new Apartment Ownership and Apartment Associations Act
- reconstruction grants for apartment associations
- the cost of electricity – why the price is rising
- apartment association as a consumer – rights and responsibilities
- waste management – who should pay for collection of packaging waste – coops or packaging organizations?
- cooperation between apartment associations and municipalities – lessons learnt by the example of city of Tallinn
- using prefabricated panels for reconstruction of multi-apartment buildings in Estonia.
The winners of competition of apartment associations were also announced at the Forum.