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Housing Europe turns 30

Brussels, 6 June 2018 | Published in Social
Clockwise from top left: Kal-Heinz Lambertz, Kelig Puyet, Freek Spinnewijn and Jan Olbrycht
Clockwise from top left: Kal-Heinz Lambertz, Kelig Puyet, Freek Spinnewijn and Jan Olbrycht

Housing is at the crossroads of a considerable number of policies which are of key concern for local and regional authorities at EU level: social rights, the energy transition, EU investment through Cohesion Policy and the European Fund for Strategic Investment, public services and competition policy. This is why Housing Europe and its network is an indispensable partner for the European Committee of the Regions, both in terms of expertise and as a political ally in the fight to anchor housing policy as a cross-cutting priority to EU policies. Housing deserves indeed its own, proper EU agenda! Let's do our utmost to build it!

Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of European Committee of the Regions


Promoting people-centred services is integral to the work of Social Platform, and Housing Europe is a frontrunner in advocating for access to quality social housing services. Having been a member of Social Platform for many years, Housing Europe’s invaluable local, national and EU level expertise is clearly reflected in our joint policy positions. We look forward to many more years of collaboration to secure a strong, sustainable and inclusive EU that leaves no one behind!”

Kélig Puyet, Director of the Social Platform - The platform of European Social NGOs


Housing Europe and FEANTSA share a long history of cooperation. Homelessness cannot be solved without affordable housing solutions, and who better to turn to than to the social housing sector represented by Housing Europe. We are very grateful for the commitment of Housing Europe and its members to help address the homelessness crisis and look forward to exiting joint initiatives in the future.  Congratulations with your 30th birthday.

Freek Spinnewijn, Director of FEANTSA - The European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless


For many years, Housing Europe is a very active partner of the European Parliament’s URBAN Intergroup. This is one of the first organisations which joined MEPs working on urban issues. With its 30 years of experience, Housing Europe provides a unique expertise on Social, public and co-operative housing. This is key when EU lawmakers are drafting policies ensuring access to decent and affordable housing for all in communities which are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

Jan Olbrycht, MEP (EPP, Poland) & President of the European Parliament URBAN Intergroup