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Launch of Housing Europe's Manifesto to Lead the Way out of the Housing Crisis

25 January 2024 I European Parliament (SPINELLI 3G3), Brussels I 16:00-19:00 CET

Brussels, Belgium, 25 January 2024Save the date

2024 is EU election year. The focus on the housing crisis is growing at European level - the European Parliament held a plenary discussion in Strasbourg on the lack of affordable homes and difficulties people face to find a decent place to live. After a 13-year gap, housing ministers met to discuss shared challenges and common solutions, and this is now becoming an official part of several EU presidencies conference schedules. The next European Parliament must build up on the growing momentum.

On January 25, 2024 from 16:00-18:00 CET in the European Parliament in Brussels, Housing Europe will launch its Manifesto for the European elections and the new European Commission outlining 3 Steps to Lead the Way out of the Housing Crisis. Wallonia's Minister of Housing, Christophe Collignon, will join us as the representative of the government to mark the start of Belgium's EU Presidency. Our Manifesto and expressing your opinion will plant the seeds of the conference in Liège on March 5, 2024 which will be dedicated to housing, and has been initiated by the rotating EU Belgian Presidency.

You are welcome to join us for a cocktail as of 18:00 CET at the Housing Europe Centre, just a few minutes away from the European Parliament.

The event is kindly co-hosted by MEP Barry Andrews from the Renew Europe Group and the Left.


European Parliament, Brussels (Room SPINELLI 3G3) 

Registration and entering the European Parliament

Registered attendees will be expected in front of the Parliamentarium at 15:00 CET. 

The way out of the housing crisis and the views of MEPs: MEP Barry Andrews (Renew Europe) Leïla Chaibi (The Left), Kim van Sparrentak (The Greens), Elisabetta Gualmini (S&D), Dennis Radtke (EPP) – Moderated by Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General of Housing Europe.

The ambition of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU on social and affordable housing, Christophe Collignon, Minister of Housing

How to build momentum about social and affordable housing ahead of the EU elections? 

Moderation and introduction of Housing Europe Manifesto by Bent Madsen, President of Housing Europe

  • Giulio Romani, Confederal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation
  • Andrea Colantonio, Lead Economist, Urban Development Division, European Investment Bank
  • Michaela Kauer, Head of Brussels Office of the City of Vienna – Member of Executive Committee of Eurocities, former coordinator of the EU Urban Agenda Housing Partnership
  • Ruth Paserman, Director General, European Commission
  • Barbara Steenbergen, Head of EU liaison office and Member of the Executive Committee, International Union of Tenants

Presentation of the Opinion on Smart, sustainable and affordable housing as a tool for local authorities to face multiple challenges, Andres Jaadla, CoR Rapporteur

Conclusions by Barry Andrews, MEP Renew Europe

The way forward by Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General of Housing Europe

18:00 - 19:00
Networking cocktail at the Housing Europe Centre, just a few minutes away from the European Parliament (Square de Meeus 18, floor 3, 1050, Ixelles)

Registrations are now closed.

Are you willing to attend the streamed event at the Housing Europe centre?
Get in touch with our Membership and Events Coordinator, Abderrahim Khairi.