Informal Housing Ministers’ meetings

2022 Ministerial conference on housing and construction

Theme: Affordable and sustainable housing in the EU
When: 7 & 8 March 2022
Where: Nice, France

On 7 and 8 Marchin Nice, Emmanuelle Wargon, French Minister Delegate for Housing, brought together
the EU ministers responsible for housing, representatives from the Commission, and stakeholders in
housing and construction for a ministerial conference. A joint statement was adopted following two
days of discussions about the political issue of building and investing in affordable and sustainable
housing in the European Union.

In the agreed statement, the shift of the narrative towards affordable and accessible housing and the fight against homelessness is remarkable. The IUT especially points at §§ 32 and 33:

32. With regard to access to housing, the Member States will act, or continue to act, to combat existing inequalities in access to adequate, safe, well-designed, affordable and inclusive housing and homelessness solutions as well as better protect the rights of tenants and owner-occupiers and improve the transparency and stability of housing markets.

33. In this context, the Member States ask the European Commission to carry out a comparative study on the different mechanisms in place in the EU to curb the increase in rents and sale prices of housing. Such a study would provide Member States with a range of actions implemented within the EU and an assessment of their effectiveness in slowing down, or not, the evolution of the market.

Read the full joint statement, the Nice declaration. Read more about the meeting here.

2016 Informal Meeting of EU Ministers Responsible for Urban Matters, 30 May 2016.

Theme: ‘Pact of Amsterdam’ – Urban Agenda for the EU
When: 30 May 2016
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Urban Agenda for the EU Pact of Amsterdam agreed at the Informal Meeting of EU Ministers Responsible for Urban Matters on 30 May 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The Urban Agenda for the EU is a new working method to ensure maximum utilisation of the growth potential of cities and to successfully tackle social challenges. In that effect, the Urban Agenda for the EU strives achieve Better Regulation, Better Funding and Better Knowledge (knowledge base and exchange).

It aims to promote cooperation between Member States, cities, the European Commission and other stakeholders, in order to stimulate growth, liveability and innovation in the cities of Europe.

The Ministers agreed on the ‘Pact of Amsterdam’ – Urban Agenda for the EU.

2013: 19th Informal Housing ministers meeting

Theme: The sustainable financing of housing in times of crises
When: December 9-10
Where: Brussels, Belgium

Delegations
Housing Ministers´ Communiqué
IUT Presentation by Sven Bergenstråhle

2010: 18th Informal Housing ministers meeting

Theme: Housing and Urban Rehabilitation
When: June 21
Where: Toledo, Spain

European Housing Forum Statement
Final Communique (eng)
IUT Brussels Newsletter
Summary

2009 – Informal working meeting of the “EU Housing Focal Points”

When: June 24-25
Where: Prague, Czech Republic

2008 – 17th Informal Housing ministers meeting

Theme: Access to Housing for persons with difficulties”
When: November 24-26
Where: Marseille, France
Organised by: French Presidency

Background Paper (fr)
Background Paper (eng)
Draft Communiqué (fr)
Draft Communiqué (eng)
EHF and IUT Statement (fr)
EHF and IUT Statement (eng)
European Housing Perspectives 2009-2014
Statement of the Housing Ministers Summary and Conclusions
Summary of Reports from EU Countries (fr)
Summary of Reports from EU Countries (eng)

2007 –  Informal Ministerial Meeting on territorial cohesion and urban development

When: May 24-25
Where: Leipzig, Germany
Theme: “Territorial development and social cohesion”.

Final Document of the Leipzig Charter

2005: 16th Informal meeting of the EU Housing Ministers

When: March 14-15
Where: Prague, Czech Republic

Conference Background Document
Finale Communiqué of March 2015
Finale Communiqué of March 2015 (fr)
IUT Statement 2005

2004 – No ministerial meeting

…only a preparatory meeting of civil servants in Rotterdam to prepare the Prague meeting in 2005.

2003 – 15th Informal meeting of the EU Housing Ministers

Chair: The Italian EU Presidency
When: November 27-28.
Where: Padua, Italy.
Theme: Housing and European integration: problems and prospects.

Final Document of Housing Policies and European Integration, Problems and Prospects
IUT Statement 2003

2002 – 14th Informal meeting of the EU Housing Ministers

Chair: Belgium
When: June 27-28
Where: Genval, Belgium
Theme: Sustainable Housing

Final Communique 2002 (eng)
Final Communique 2002 (fr)
Politiques du Logement Durable en Europé
Sustainable Housing in Europe 2002

2001 – 13th Informal meeting of the EU Housing Ministers

Chair: Sweden
When: October 1-2
Where: Brussels / Charleroi, Belgium
Theme: Sustainable Housing

Final Communique 2001 (eng)
Final Communique 2001 (fr)
Final Communique 2001 (de)
Political Statement 2001 (eng)
Political Statement 2001 (fr)
Political Statement 2001 (de)
Regular National Reports on EU Housing Policy Developments 2001 (eng)
Regular National Reports on EU Housing Policy Developments 2001 (fr)
Regular National Reports on EU Housing Policy Developments 2001 (de)

200 – 12th Informal meeting of the EU Housing Ministers

Chair: France
When: September 25-26
Where: Paris
Theme: Housing Policy and Access to Housing

Final Communique 2000 (eng)
Final Communique 2000 (fr)

1999 – 11th Informal meeting of the EU Housing Ministers

When: September 27-28
Where: Kuopio
Theme: Housing for Older People

Final Communique 1999 (eng)
Final Communique 1999 (fr)

1998 – 10th Informal meeting of the EU Housing Ministers

Chair: Austria
When: October 22-23
Where: Graz, Austria
Theme: The impact of Housing construction, renovation and modernization on employment.

Final Communique 1998 (eng)
Final Communique 1998 (fr)

1997 – 9th Informal meeting of the EU Housing Ministers

Chair: The Netherlands
When: September 9
Where: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Theme: Sustainable Housing Policies

1996 – 8th Informal meeting of the EU Housing Ministers

Chair: Ireland
When: October 24-25
Where: Dublin
Theme: Housing for socially excluded people

 

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