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EU Policies and Housing

Exchange Series 2010

Brussels, 9 February 2010 | Published in Research

On the eve of the Housing Ministers meeting in November 2008, the European Commission published a proposal for a recovery plan which for the first time identified construction - including housing - as a key sector to support economic growth and offer a way out of the crisis.

Together with the approval of the climate package setting an ambitious roadmap towards a low-carbon economy, these proposals have radically changed the position of the construction sector on the EU policy map.

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As the new Commission and Parliament start their new terms, it will also look at howthe EU policy landscape has changed over the last 5 years with regards its interactionswith housing policies. It will focus on changes in cohesion policies (opening of StructuralFunds, Covenant of Mayors); the emergence of an EU energy policy with the adoption ofthe Climate package (including all measures linked to energy efficiency) and outline thechanges implied by the Lisbon Treaty. The implications of the latest EU State aid andcompetition policy rulings are also highlighted.