Housing for All: Time for Europe to Deliver

#ProgressiveHousingWeek
Monday 25 January 2021

Housing for All: Time for Europe to Deliver

Conference
(All day) - (All day)
Online #ProgressiveHousingWeek
Housing

The lack of affordable housing is affecting more than 80 million people in Europe. The COVID-19 pandemic made the situation even worse, with an increasing number of people struggling to pay their rent or energy bill. But what comes just at the surface has longer structural reasons, rooted in more profound housing inequalities and which risk jeopardise the very essence of our society. 

Housing is a human right that must be guaranteed to everybody.

For a socially just and sustainable recovery, we need to make sure that every citizen benefits from decent, affordable and sustainable housing.

Progressive cities and regions have already put in place innovative solutions that can inspire further action on the ground. At the same time, we need a proper European framework. Leaving no one behind means first of all leaving no one without a roof over their head.

In cooperation with the Socialist and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS),  the Party of European Socialists (PES) and the City of Vienna, the PES Group is organising a week of online debates and a movie projection dedicated to this important topic, with a bunch of speakers who will share their experiences from different angles, feed in with their views and come up with progressive ideas on the way forward.

Be part of it! Together let’s make sure that everyone has a place to call home.

 

Programme
17.00 - 20.00

Monday, 25 January 2021

Opening of the week “Housing for all: progressive ideas for the future”

17.00 | Online screening of the documentary “PUSH” 

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The documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, investigates why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore. Housing is a fundamental human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities all around the world, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues?

 

 

 

18.30 | Debate “Housing for all: progressive ideas for the future”

@ Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and Let’s Get Digital

 

Moderator: Beatriz Ríos, Journalist at Luxembourg Times, ElMundo, EuranetPlus

 

Setting the scene for the right to housing in Europe

 

  • Leilani Farha, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, protagonist of the documentary “PUSH”, Global Director, The Shift
  • Fredrik Gertten, Award-winning director of the documentary “PUSH”
  • Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and former Chair, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

 

Making the right to housing a reality in Europe 

 

  • Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission

 

With reactions by Leilani Farha, Fredrik Gertten, and Saskia Sassen

 

 

Progressive cities and regions and the right to housing: where are we?

 

  • Nawal Ben Hamou, Regional minister of Brussels, Belgium (tbc)
  • Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, Spain 
  • Sorcha Edwards, Secretary-General of Housing Europe
  • Michael Ludwig, Mayor of Vienna, Austria, and PES Group member (tbc)
  • Fernando Medina, Mayor of Lisbon, Portugal, and PES Group member (tbc)
  • Erik Pelling, Mayor of Uppsala, Sweden
  • Elly Schlein, Vice-President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy

With reactions by Leilani Farha, Fredrik Gertten, and Saskia Sassen

 

Time for progressive solutions

 

  • Iratxe García Pérez, President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament
  • Christophe Rouillon, Mayor of Coulaines, France, and President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions
15.30 – 17.30

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Concrete Actions for Social and Affordable Housing in the EU

Workshop hosted by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)

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Despite the consistent inequalities in access to housing across the EU and the striking consequences that all kind of housing-pathologies have in everyday lives of its citizens, the EU has no direct competence to legislate in housing matters. However, there are areas in which the EU can legislate such as state aid law, fiscal and investment policy, consumers and competition law but also other areas with impact into housing are energy, employment, social exclusion and the regulation of online platforms.

Building on the publication “Concrete actions for Social and Affordable Housing in the EU”, by Sergio Nasarre, Milan Ftacnik, Nuria Lambea Llop and Liga Rasnaca; experts and policymakers will discuss actionable points for local, regional and European actions to enhance access to a decent, inclusive and sustainable place to live.

 

Common Challenges for Housing Policy

  • Speakers tbc

 

Delivering on affordability: strategies and actions

  • Speakers tbc

Followed by a Q&A

 

Addressing inclusiveness in housing policy

  • Speakers tbc
10.30 - 12.00

Wednesday 27 January 2021

The EU Affordable Housing Initiative: how can we bring it to the ground?

Workshop hosted by the City of Vienna 

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The Affordable Housing Initiative aims at revitalising 100 neighbourhoods across the EU. Cities and regions all over Europe can contribute to this initiative with a wealth of experiences from the ground. They have proven since many years and in a great diversity of governance contexts that working with communities in participatory approaches can create more inclusive and sustainable neighbourhoods while avoiding further gentrification and other speculative tendencies in local housing markets. Little is known yet about the Affordable Housing Initiative yet; to bring it to life, cities and regions will need clarity about funding and financing instruments from the EU. And they are willing to mutually share their expertise in urban development projects. The event aims at clarifying the next steps in this important project.

 

Introduction: The EU Affordable Housing Initiative

  • Slawomir Tokarski, Director, European Commission's Directorate-General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs 
     

Vienna: Smarter Together - Social and technical innovations for a liveable district

  • Julia Girardi-Hoog, Project Manager 

 

Bratislava: Urban Development in Bratislava

  • Marek Dinka, Urban Planning Director of Bratislava (tbc)
     

Reactions

  • Barbara Steenbergen, Head of liaison office to the EU, International Union of Tenants
  • Sorcha Edwards, Secretary-General of Housing Europe 

 

Followed by a discussion with the audience

 

Closing remarks

  • Dr. Elena Szolgayová, Housing 2030 Co-Chair
9.30 - 11.00

Friday, 29 January 2021

Decent Housing For All 

Workshop hosted by the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament

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General introduction and moderation

  • Agnes Jongerius, MEP, S&D Coordinator for the  European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
     

Homeless people and the right to decent housing

  • Manuel Pizarro, MEP, S&D Group
  • Representative of FEANTSA (tbc)
     

No to harmful competition, promoting decent housing for all

  • Estrella Dura Ferrandis, MEP, S&D Group
  • Barbara Steenbergen, Head of liaison office to the EU, International Union of Tenants
     

Conclusions

  • Agnes Jongerius
11.00 - 11.10

Conclusions of the Progressive Housing Week

  • Iratxe García Pérez, President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament

Opening event live streaming

 

 

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