Together with the Socialist & Democrat group, co-hosted by MEP Estrella Dura, Housing Europe takes up the chance to stress the role of our social, housing and affordable housing providers and the European Parliament in implementing the right to housing in its ever-present urgency.
Europe is going through a trauma which is revealing the strengths and weakness of our societies. Following the Covid crisis, we will have to face with increased unemployment, poverty, housing exclusion and homelessness. In this challenging context, the gap between the proclamation of the right to housing in the European Pillar of Social Rights and the reality of access to affordable and quality housing for those in need has never seemed so wide. And yet cities and providers of social and public housing are in the front line, delivering housing for the most vulnerable and many essential workers (teachers, nurses, police force, etc.), which are key for the daily urban life, but even more crucially in times of crisis. How to face this growing demand for protection and how can the EU support social investment in cities and providers of social, public and cooperative housing ? At a time when the European Parliament is preparing a report on access to affordable housing for all, those are the challenges that policy makers will have to tackle.
- Which strategies can cities develop in the
post-Covid times in order to prevent the
rising housing inequalities, housing
exclusion and homelessness?
- What kind of the support can the EU
provide, either as part of the EU recovery
package or within the implementation of
the European Pillar of Social Rights to cities
and providers of social, cooperative and
public housing ?
- How can investment in social infrastructures
such as public and social housing be a
push for more sustainable cities?
Introduction and moderation
by Ms. Estrella Dura Ferrandis,
MEP for the Socialists and Democrats
15:10 – 15:45
• Laurent Ghekiere
Chair of the
Housing Europe Observatory
• Maria Montes Miguel
Director-General, Viviendas del
Principado de Asturias
• Freek Spinnewijn
Director of FEANTSA
• Silvia Ganzerla
Policy Director of EUROCITIES
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