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The State of Housing in the EU 2017

Launch of the biennial compass of Europe's housing sector

Brussels, 17 October 2017 | Published in Research

What is the State of Housing in the European Union? Is the housing crisis over? Which countries have the most pressing needs? What are the latest policy initiatives that are trying to change the landscape? How do cities collaborate with housing associations? Is there a role for the European Institutions even if housing is a national competence? The Housing Europe Observatory presents the 2017 edition of its flagship report ‘The State of Housing in the EU’ over a day-long event on October 17th that will be hosted at the European Parliament and at the Committee of the Regions.


The report at a glance

  • Detailed statistics per EU Member State
  • The latest housing trends in a cross-country observation
  • A compilation of the most significant policy updates since 2015
  • Analysis of the interaction of housing policies and EU policies
  • The effect that challenges at local level have on housing

The Observatory of Housing Europe, as an established point of reference when it comes to facts and figures around housing in the continent will provide with the evidence on which policies of the future shall be based.

Impact of the 2015 edition

  • More than 18.000 reads online
  • Presented in more than 30 conferences & workshops
  • Quoted in 10 publications of key institutions, including the OECD, Eurostat & the UNECE
  • Picked up by major European Media such as Le Monde, Politico, Kathimerini etc.

The launch event

Housing Europe will use the occasion of the launch of the report to bring the housing debate to the EU Institutions putting particular focus on investment as a response to Europe’s housing challenge. The two-part event will take place in the European Parliament and in the Committee of the Regions.

11:00-13:00 Morning Session | European Parliament, Room ASP1E1


An investment in housing pays the best interest

This first session that will be hosted by MEP Simona Bonafè (S & D, Italy) will explore Europe's potential to support projects with high social impact. The event takes place under the auspices of the European Parliament Long-term Investment Intergroup.

Draft agenda

The session is moderated by Laurent Ghekiere, Chair of Housing Europe Observatory & Head of EU Affairs of Union Sociale pour l’ Habitat

11:00-11:05 Welcome remarks by hosting MEP, Simona Bonafè

11:05-11:15 State of Housing in the Union speech by Housing Europe President, Cédric Van Styvendael

11:15-11:45 Presentation of main findings of the report Alice Pittini, Housing Europe Research Coordinator

11:45-12:40 Round table discussion with

  • Housing Europe Members

- Mårten Lilja – Riksbyggen, Sweden
- Dr. Christian Lieberknecht – GdW, Germany
- Luca Talluri – Federcasa, Italy
- Bent Madsen – BL, Denmark
- Sébastien Garnier – Aedes, the Netherlands
- Loup Bommier – ESH, France and

  • MEPs

- Simona Bonafè, S&D - Italy
Agnes Jongerius, S&D - the Netherlands
- Guillaume Balas, S&D - France

  • Benjamin Angel, Director, DG ECFIN European Commission & EFSI Board member
  • Vanesa Valiño, Advisor to the Councilor for Housing, City of Barcelona
  • Laurent Zylberberg, President of European Long-Term Investors’ Association

12:40-13:00 What’s next? Closing remarks by Gene Clayton, Chair of the Housing Europe Economic and Financial Affairs Working Committee & Chief Executive of the Iveagh Trust in Ireland.

14:00-17:00 Afternoon Session | Committee of the Regions, Room JDE 70


Europe's housing challenge: cutting a modern Gordian Knot

The second session of the day will be focused on the reality on the ground. What has been the impact of the crisis and the regional responses? An open conversation will aim to deliver the crucial elements for a much needed more efficient cross-sectoral cooperation.

Draft agenda

14:00-14:30 Welcome coffee

14:30-14:45 Presentation of the main findings of the report by Alice Pittini, Research Coordinator, Housing Europe

14:45-15:00 Reaction by Hicham Imane, Member of the CoR, Member of the Municipal Council of the City of Charleroi, Rapporteur of the CoR opinion on housing policy and by Cédric Van Styvendael, President of Housing Europe 

15:00-15:50 The regional responses to a European challenge

Moderated by Dr. Christian Lieberknecht, Vice-President of Housing Europe

- Mediterranean Countries: Housing Europe Member Representatives | Gianluca Periotto, ATC Piemonte Centrale & ATC Torino, members of Federcasa, Italy

- Ireland: solving all possible housing related problems one country could have | Dr. Donal McManus, CEO of the Irish Council for Social Housing

- Central-Eastern Europe: József Hegedüs, Director of Metropolitan Research Institute (MRI)

- Discussant: Gulnara Roll, Head of the Housing & Land Management Unit
Forests, Land and Housing Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) 

15:50-16:35 The sectoral cooperation

Round-table discussion moderated by Natalia Rogaczewska, Chair of Housing Europe Social Affairs Committee:

  • Raquel Cortés Herrera, Deputy Head of Unit, Disability and inclusion, Directorate General for Employment of the European Commission
  • Marina Monaco, ETUC Advisor on Social protection policy
  • Ruth Owen, FEANTSA Policy Coordinator
  • Clémentine Moyart, European Youth Forum Policy Officer
  • Sabrina Ferraina, EASPD Policy Officer

16:35-17:00 Closing remarks

Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General of Housing Europe