9.30 a.m. Welcome

10 a.m. Welcome address by Pierre Jean Coulon, President of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society

                      Tanguy DESROUSSEAUX, Head of Division, Public Sector & Infrastructure, Western Europe,  European Investment Bank (EIB)

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. - The housing crisis in the European Union: a major cause of the erosion of its economic, social and territorial cohesion

Moderator: Raymond Hencks, President of the Temporary Study Group on Services of General Interest

Discussion with the participation of:

  • The State of Housing in the EU 2019: Cédric Van Styvendael, president of Housing Europe
  • Housing expenses overload, consequences: Barbara Steenbergen, head of the EU liaison office and member of the executive committee, International Union of Tenants (IUT)
  • Taking on the challenges of housing: a mission for all,  Emmanuelle Causse, International Union of Property Owners, director of European Affairs
  • Private funding to support the development of affordable housing supply, Marc Pigeon, President of Build Europe
  • Housing Partnership of the EU Urban Agenda: what recommendations? Michaela Kauer, Co-coordinator of the EU Urban Agenda Housing Partnership, Director of the Brussels Liaison Office of the City of Vienna
  • European Citizens' Initiative Housing for All: Karin Zauner-Lohmeyer, spokesperson
  • Between ideals and reality – International commitments versus national housing policies: Elena Szolgayová, Chair, Committee on Housing and Land Management, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe; Director General, Ministry of Transport and Construction, Slovakia


2.30 – 5.30 p.m.      How can we encourage Member States to invest heavily in affordable, decent and energy-efficient housing, while respecting the principle of subsidiarity?

Moderator: Raymond Hencks, President of the Temporary Study Group on Services of General Interest

Discussion with the participation of:

  • A 2019-2024 European Action Plan for affordable housing in the EU: Laurent GHÉKIÈRE, Union sociale pour l’habitat, president of Housing Europe's European housing observatory
  • Evaluation of the decision on social housing SGEI, Monique Negenman, head of unit, COMP.F.3 – State aid Postal and other services, DG COMP, European Commission
  • European Pillar of Social Rights: Access to Social Housing: Josefine Hederstroem, deputy head of unit, EMPL.C.3 – Social investment strategy, DG EMPL, European Commission
  • Country recommendations – monitoring housing markets: Stefan Zeugner, head of unit, ECFIN.DDG2.B.1 – Macroeconomic imbalances and adjustment, DG ECFIN, European Commission

Conclusion: Pierre Jean COULON President of the Section “Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and Information Society” of the European Economic and Social Committee

The interpretation will be provided from/to: EN, FR, DE