Promoting the Right to Housing at the EU level: challenges and policy proposals

What supra-national institutional tools and frameworks are required to tackle the housing problems experienced in European cities?

PERFORMED ACTIVITY
5 March 2019 - 09:00h
LOCATION: CIDOB, sala Jordi Maragall, Elisabets 12,08001 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB and UCLG with the support of the Barcelona City Council

COLLABORATORS (2):

Objective

In the face of pressing urban housing challenges across the globe, a “Municipalist Declaration of Local Governments for the Right to Housing and the Right to the City”, entitled “Cities for Adequate Housing”, was presented at the High Level Political Forum that took place at the United Nations (UN) in New York in July 2018. The Declaration, which demands more resources and competences for cities to provide adequate housing for their citizens, was signed by dozens of cities from different continents and is continuing to receive new endorsements.  

This policy-oriented seminar will examine how to operationalize the Declaration in the context of the European Union (EU). Bringing together experts, practitioners and policy-makers, the objective is to discuss how the general demands outlined in the Declaration can be translated into more concrete regulatory and policy proposals and practices at EU level. The seminar forms part of a wider process of developing and adapting the Declaration to the regional level. What supra-national institutional tools and frameworks are required to tackle the housing problems experienced in European cities? 

 

 

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Participants

SPEAKERS

Syamak Agha Babaei

Syamak Agha Babaei

Municipal Councillor, Strasbourg; Vice-President, Strasbourg Eurométropole

Susanne Bauer

Susanne Bauer

Senior Housing Researcher, City of Vienna; Chair, Eurocities Working Group on Housing

Sven Bergenstråhle

Sven Bergenstråhle

President, International Union of Tenants

David Bravo

David Bravo

Advisor Barcelona City Council

Amanda Flety

Amanda Flety

Coordinator, Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights, Secretariat of the UCLG

Marco Guerzoni

Marco Guerzoni

Bologna Housing Policy Officer

Paula Marques

Paula Marques

Lisbon Housing Councillor

Marcus McPhillips

Marcus McPhillips

Senior Housing Policy Officer, Greater London Authority

Pol Morillas

Pol Morillas

Director, CIDOB

Ruth Owen

Ruth Owen

Policy Coordinator, European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA)

Gerardo Pisarello

Gerardo Pisarello

First Deputy Mayor, Barcelona City Council

Filipa Roseta

Filipa Roseta

Cascais Councillor for Territorial Management

Elena Szolgayová

Elena Szolgayová

Coordinator, EU Urban Agenda Housing Partnership; Director General, DG Housing Policy and Urban Development, Ministry of Transport and Construction, Slovak Republic

Ivan Tosics

Ivan Tosics

Managing Director, Metropolitan Research Institute (MRI), Budapest

Lorenzo Vidal

Lorenzo Vidal

Researcher, Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

Promoting the Right to Housing at the EU level: challenges and policy proposals PERFORMED ACTIVITY

09:00h Opening

Gerardo Pisarello, First Deputy Mayor, Barcelona City Council

Pol Morillas,Director, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)

09:30h What changes in the EU framework could enable cities to better regulate the real-estate market?

This session will focus on both “hard law” and “soft law” measures and on the institutional configuration of the principle of subsidiarity, so that municipal governments can employ the necessary instruments to guarantee the social function of the city, from rent controls to regulations tackling the non-residential uses of housing units, amongst others.                                         

First  interventions:   

Elena SzolgayováCoordinator, EU Urban Agenda Housing Partnership; Director General, DG Housing Policy and Urban Development, Ministry of Transport and Construction, Slovak Republic

Sven Bergenstråhle, President, International Union of Tenants

Comments from cities:

Paula Marques, Lisbon Housing Councillor 

Marco Guerzoni, Bologna Housing Policy Officer 

Syamak Agha Babaei, Municipal Councillor, Strasbourg; Vice-President, Strasbourg Eurométropole

Moderator: Amanda Flety, Coordinator, Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights, Secretariat of the UCLG

Debate between participants

11:00h Coffee Break

11:30h How could the EU help provide more funds and tools for public and affordable housing?

This session will focus on the institutional, fiscal and financial mechanisms required to strenghthen the european public housing stock, as well as to promote limited-profit and non-profit operators and community-driven alternative housing.

First Interventions:

Susanne Bauer, Senior Housing Researcher, City of Vienna; Chair, Eurocities Working Group on Housing  

Ruth Owen,Policy Coordinator, European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA)

Ivan Tosics,Managing Director, Metropolitan Research Institute (MRI), Budapest

Comments from cities:

Filipa Roseta,Cascais Councillor for Territorial Management 

Marcus McPhillips, Senior Housing Policy Officer, Greater London Authority  

Moderator: 
David Bravo, Advisor, Barcelona City Council  

Debate between participants

 

13:00h Concluding remarks

Lorenzo Vidal, Researcher, Global Cities Programme, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)    

13:30h Lunch