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French Presidency of the Council of the EU is bringing housing ministers to Nice

An overview of the upcoming six months

Online, 16 January 2022 | Published in Urban, Economy, Social

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. During the preparatory meeting on 27th January, Housing Europe was the only EU network to be granted an observer status, allowing our President, Bent Madsen to share key points from the sector. While being in full preparation for the quality exchange in March, we have put together the key dates you should note down in your calendars.

Symposium on sustainable urban development – 1 February 2022 - Paris

Our Secretary General, Sorcha Edwards will join the roundtable 'Rebuild the city on the city: affordable housing and quality of land use for sobriety' starting at 11:15 CET and debate with the French minister of Housing, Emmanuelle Wargon, Margit Noll from Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe, as well as the President of Action Logement, Bruno Arcadipane.

Ministerial Conference on Combatting Homelessness in the European Union - 28 February 2022 - Paris

This ministerial conference will aim at making the initiative started by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU more concrete and endorse a roadmap for the work ahead.

Ministerial meeting on Housing and Construction – 7 and 8 March 2022 – Nice 

Conference objectives

  • 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

Find more information in this presentation and follow our channels for further updates via #HousingEU2022FR.