More than 400 managers of apartment associations, local government officials and leaders from private sector gathered inTallinn on October 4th, where the XIX Housing Forum for Apartment Associations took place. The Forum is a traditional conference organised by EKYL, a open platform for exchange around the key questions related to housing and apartment associations in Estonia. This year the Forum marked the 20th anniversary of EKYL.
The high-level conference hosted a wide range of key-note speakers:
- Minister of Entrepreneurship, Liisa Oviir underlined in her speech that the vision for Estonia is to solve the problems with housing for 2030 with programs targeted to achieving energy efficiency and sustainable environment.
- Minister of Justice, Urmas Reinsalu highlighted the importance of preparation for January 2018, when a new Act of Law regulating apartment associations will come into force in Estonia. According to the new Act, a apartment association will become the only mandatory legal form for managing apartment buildings and blocks of flats in Estonia and this means a major restructuring of the housing system in the country
- Professor Karl Õiger from the Tallinn University of Technology warned of the dangers that Estonia face today as large part of the housing stock is still in a dangerous condition and needs urgent reconstruction
- Chairman of the Board of EKYL, Andres Jaadla reflected in his speech the organizations’ history and confirmed that the apartment associations movement is today stronger than ever before in Estonia thanks to the competent and innovative leaders of the apartment associations.
EKYL awarded a Certificate of Honour to three partners that have offered remarkable contribution to the development of housing and apartment associations in Estonia, The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the Fund KredEx as well as to the Tallinn City Government.
Finally, the Housing Awards for Apartment Associations were also given in the Forum. EKYL organized the competition of apartment associations for the 12th time in a row. The laureates this year were apartment associations in Ilmatsalu (Best Reconstruction Project 2016), Tallinn (Beauty of Living Environment 2016) and Pärnu (Best Manager of Apartment Association 2016).