Portimão
Thursday 4 April 2024 - Friday 5 April 2024

Housing for all: Progressive cities and regions building the future of housing policy | Portimão

Housing for all: Progressive cities and regions building the future of housing policy | Portimão

19.00 - 13.00
Conference
Museu de Portimão Rua D. Carlos I 8500-607 Portimão
from: English
to: French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Housing

READ THE DECLARATION OF PORTIMAO:  English | Portuguese

The availability and affordability of housing in European cities and regions have reached a critical juncture. Skyrocketing prices and limited affordable options have plunged urban areas into housing crises. Families struggle to find homes they can afford, and vulnerable populations face even greater challenges. The future of housing policy in Europe hangs in the balance. 

The PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions, together with PES Group member Isilda Gomes, mayor of Portimão, are proud to invite you to its extraordinary Group meeting on "Housing for all: Progressive cities and regions building the future of housing policy", which will take place in Portimão, Portugal, on Friday 5 April 2024 from 9:00 to 16:30.

Join us at the forefront of housing policy innovation! This is your chance to stand alongside and discuss with progressive politicians, experts, and urban leaders on this pressing topic. 

At the event, progressive cities and regions from across Europe will unite to shape the future of housing. Don't miss this unique opportunity to be part of a transformative conversation, where progressive leadership will chart the course for a brighter housing future in Europe. Your participation is key; let's make affordable housing a reality for all. 

The event is organised in cooperation with the S&D Group in the European Parliament, the Foundation for European Policy Studies (FEPS), the Young European Socialists (YES), PES Women and the Party of European Socialists (PES)
 

Study visits

Following the event, we will have on Friday 5 April a walk to the Pontal Housing neighbourhood, which will include an action on housing from 14:30 to 15:30 and a guided visit to the Portimão Museum ("La Rose", former sardine factory) and from 15:30 to 16:30.

#ProgressivesSpeakUp School 2024

Together with our partners, we will host, in the afternoons 4th and 5th April, the fifth edition of the #ProgressivesSpeakUp: School of young local and regional politicians.

Citizens debate

In the evening of Thursday 4 April, we will organise from 19:00 to 20:00 a citizens' debate on the topic "Young people & Europe: Knock the Vote for European Progress".

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Programme

Thursday 4 April 2024 

18:30-19:00 
Registration

19:00- 20:30

Citizens' Debate on Youth & Europe


Address: Museu de Portimão, Rua D. Carlos I, 8500-607 Portimão

  • Opening by Christophe Rouillon, President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions and Mayor of Coulaines, France
  • Enric López Jurado, President of the Young European Socialists
  • Kata Tüttő, Member of the European Committee of the Regions, Vice-Mayor of Budapest, Hungary
  • Isabel Carvailhais, Member of the European Parliament (S&D/Portugal) 
  • Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights

Moderated by Isilda Gomes, Chair of the commission "Natural Resources" in the European Committee of the Regions, Mayor of Portimão, Portugal

20:30
Cocktail reception
 

Friday 5 April 2024 

08:30-09:00 
Registration

09:00-09:10 
Welcome

  • Christophe Rouillon, President of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions and Mayor of Coulaines, France
  • Isilda Gomes, Chair of the commission "Natural Resources" in the European Committee of the Regions, Mayor of Portimão, Portugal

09:10-09:20 

  • Pedro Nuno Santos, Leader of Portuguese Socialist Party

09:20-10:00 
Progressive strategies for Housing solutions

  • Klara Geywitz, Deputy Party Leader of the SPD, Federal Minister of Housing, Germany
  • Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights

10:00-11:15 
Progressive Round Robin debate – Housing needs Europe Europe needs
housing

Moderated by: David Rinaldi, FEPS Director for Studies and Policy

Team 1: Fair Housing  

  • Pedro Marques, Vice President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament 
  • María José Aldanas, Policy officer at FEANTSA
  • Rosário Gambôa, Vice President of PES Women, Nacional Secretary of PS Mulheres, Portugal

 

Team 2: Sustainable Housing  

  • Kata Tüttő, Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Hungary and Vice President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions
  • Erik Pelling, Mayor of Uppsala, Sweden
  • Alison Gilliland, City councillor in Dublin, Ireland and Member of the European Committee of the Regions

 

Team 3: Housing for all 

  • Miguel Costa Matos, Member of the Portuguese Parliament and President of Juventude Socialista, Portugal 
  • Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General of Housing Europe 

11:15-11:30
Coffee break

11:30-12:15
High level talk: Towards a European Housing strategy: the progressive vision for the next mandate      

  • Rudi Vervoort, Minister-President of the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium
  • Marina Gonçalves,  Former Minister of Housing, Portugal 
  • Enric López Jurado, President of the Young European Socialists

Moderated by: Yonnec Polet, Deputy Secretary General of the PES, Member of the CoR

12:15-12:30 
Adoption of the declaration Housing needs Europe – Europe needs housing

  • Christophe Rouillon, President of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions and Mayor of Coulaines, France
  • Adelina Kunst, Member of Primorsko-Goranska County Council, Croatia, and member of the European Committee of the Regions' Young Elected Politicians programme 

12:30-12:40

Family picture

12:40-14:30 
Lunch

14:30-15:30 
Progressives Go the Extra Mile for Social Europe / Housing action

Walk to Pontal Housing neighbourhood 

15:30-16:30 
Guided visit of the Portimão Museum ("La Rose", former sardine factory)

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