Right at the start of its six-month Council Presidency, France announced its decision to reconnect the 27 EU housing ministers on the 7th and 8th of March in Nice to discuss the European challenges of a burning issue which is a national and regional competence - the access to decent and affordable housing. The last time EU housing leaders met in this format was nearly a decade ago, in 2013.
The first part of the conference, dedicated to affordable housing, will highlight good existing initiatives and identify levers for action.
In its second part, the conference will focus on the challenges concerning energy efficiency in housing. In conjunction with initiatives such as the New European Bauhaus, it will offer an opportunity for an initial assessment of the measures implemented, in particular as part of the European recovery plan. The ministers will also address the issues regarding the sustainable construction of new housing.
These discussions will highlight renovation and construction initiatives in the Member States in order to draw common lessons from them as well as best practices that can be transposed at European level.
Housing Europe's President, Bent Madsen will join the discussion at 14:15 CET on March, 8th, to present the state of housing in Europe and debate on how investment in social and affordable housing in the EU could be boosted.
Download the draft programme below.
- Understanding affordable and sustainable housing in the EU: definition, challenges, constraints
- Identifying the levers of action for public authorities and other stakeholders
- Highlighting relevant initiatives in the Member States in order to draw common lessons and good practices
- Linking these points to the European Commission's initiatives: EU Green Deal, Renovation wave, Fit for 55, New European Bauhaus
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