The 9th Baltic Housing Conference took place on September 14, 2017 in Rakvere, Estonia providing space for discussions on best practice in the EU for improving the living environment.
It introduced Estonian experiences with energy-efficiency in multi-apartment buildings aiming to enhance cooperation between housing organisations from the EU, Ukraine and Belarus. The event took place under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Housing Europe supported its Estonian member, EKYL in the organisation of the conference, while both our President, Cédric Van Styvendael and our Secretary General, Sorcha Edwards attended the event and contributed to it.
The focus points of the event that has become a point of reference on housing issues in the Baltic region were energy efficiency of apartment buildings, experience of residential areas in different countries, plans of residential organizations and proposals for further housing management.
Cédric Van Styvendael, President of Housing Europe, said in his keynote address that "Estonian apartment associations have developed a range of affordable, high-quality, sustainable, sustainable solutions for years to come. It is important to ensure a balanced sustainable development of residential areas and renovation of existing buildings.” Cédric delivered a clear message concerning the position of the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing on Energy Policy, making the case for more sustainable, efficient and decentralised energy.
"Estonia's role as the presidency is to strike a balance between the different positions, traditions and interests of the Member States in order to achieve the best possible result for European citizens, and also to show Estonia's experience in achieving energy efficiency through the overall renovation of buildings, we are a big example for other European countries," said Andres Jaadla, Chairman of EKYL and Board Member of Housing Europe.