29 January 2013

Workshop “Social housing in the European Union” – 28 January 2013

URBAN and Public Services Intergroups organised a workshop “Social Housing in the European Union” on Monday 28 January at the European Parliament in Brussels. 


The workshop was opened by Françoise CASTEX, Chair of the Public Services Intergroup. Karima Delli, Vice-President of the URBAN Intergroup, presented then the draft initiative report on Social housing in the European Union. This presentation was followed by the reactions of the representatives of European Economic and Social Committee, DG REGIO, MEPs and stakeholders. 


24 January 2013

Conference “Tackling Health Inequalities through Investing in Housing” – 22 January 2013

URBAN Intergroup, CECODHAS Housing Europe and the European Public Health Alliance jointly organised the conference “Tackling Health Inequalities through Investing in Housing” on Tuesday 22 January 2013 at European Parliament inBrussels. 

During the  conference, the latest findings on health and housing conditions in Europe and on the advantages of investment in housing to reduce health inequalities were analysed notably by officers from the WHO and the OECD.

Public health organizations and social housing providers presented five challenging case studies making the most of synergies between the two fields of action. The afternoon sessions was dedicated to discussions with European Commission officers from DG SANCO, DG EMPL, DG REGIO and DG JUSTICE..


11 January 2013

Conference “Old European cities as a key for sustainability” – 10.01.2013

URBAN Intergroup hosted the final conference of the URBACT network “LINKS- Old European cities as a key for sustainability” on Thursday 10 January 2013 at European Parliament in Brussels. 


How can the challenges concerning the environment and heritage building protection be reconciled to offer a majority of people sustainable and attractive housing at the very heart of the city? This is the main question that the Network of European Historic cities of the LINKS Project have tried to answer within the URBACT Programme. During the seminar LINKS presented findings and policy recommendations on how historical city centres are tomorrow’s eco-districts.


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27 November 2012

Seminar on Attractiveness of Corporate Real Estate Investing in EU Cities – 26.11.2012

URBAN Intergroup and RICS organized a seminar on Monday 26 November from 13.00 to 15.00 in the European Parliament in Brussels, room P7C050.


We discussed the findings of the RICS research report “Corporate Real Estates: Investment in EU cities” in order to better understand the economic success which stands behind some of the world cities. An impact of the EU legislation on the real estate sector has been underlined during the seminar.

15 November 2012

Seminar on Natural Solutions for Urban Areas in Europe – 14.11.2012

URBAN Intergroup and Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development Intergroup organised jointly a High-Level Workshop entitled “Natural Solutions for Urban Areas in Europe” which took place on Wednesday 14 November 2012 from 15:00 to 17:00 in the European Parliament in Brussels, room P3C050.


The aim of this workshop was to raise awareness on the value of biodiversity and nature-based solutions to help European cities cope with the challenges they are experiencing today in the face of rapid urbanisation. Participants shared experiences and best practices on the economic and social value of biodiversity and ecosystems services for urban life.

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