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Spring 2023

  • Key-vote on the Energy Performance Buildings Directive at the European
  • IUT claims to maintain social safeguardsin the EPBD
  •  Reforming
    the EU electricity markets
  • Financing projects for homeless through EU
  • EC establishes energy poverty stakeholder group

Autumn/Winter 2022

Housing and cost of living crisis

Energy Policy

Housing Policies



10 points plan of IUT

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Special report: International Tenants’ day

  • Celebration of International Tenants’ day 2022
  • IUT is calling for a moratorium on evictions, energy price caps and long-term climate allowances for low- and middle-income households
  • European Housing Challenges
  • Housing Challenges in the Western Balkans
  • Selected news on International Tenants’ day:

Special report: European Responsible Housing Awards (ERHA)

  • The fourth edition of the European Responsible Housing Awards (ERHA) was celebrated again this year, following the previous edition of 2019.
  • Read the report by clicking the link above.
  • Read more about ERHA on this page.

Summer 2022

  • EU housing minister’s meeting
  • IUT claims for the new EED and EPBD
  • Solutions for housing affordability
  • Initiatives to fight energy poverty
  • Housing rights and renovictions

Autumn/Winter 2021

  • European Commission proposal claims for ”Minimum Energy Efficiency
    Standards” in housing
  • Get ready for the ERHIN Awards in Helsinki
  • IUT at international conferences
  • EU consultation on short-term rental


Summer 2021

  • The trial against tenant activists in Barcelona
  • EU Fit for 55 Package
  • EU platform combatting homelessness
  •  Slovenia takes over EU presidency

Spring 2021

  • EP vote on affordable housing wins the day
  • EU progressive housing week
  • Is Vancouver a city for renters?
  • IUT in podcasts, TV and press
  • Lisbon tenants’ union 97th-anniversary conference
  • International media attention for the Berlin rent cap decision
  • EU-Renovation Summit

Autumn/winter 2020

  • Berlin rent freeze executed
  • EESC opinion ”Universal access to housing” wins a large majority
  • EP report ”Access to decent and affordable housing” voted in EP committee
  • URBACT-UIA conferences on housing rights and financialization
  • International Tenants’ Day 2020 conferences
  • Ministers adopt New Leipzig Charter
  • EU Renovation Wave- IUT points for 2021 legislation

Summer 2020

  • IUT claims for a tenant-friendly EU Green Deal
  • EU “Renovation Wave” and “Just Transition Funds”
  • German EU presidency: The new Leipzig Charter
  • Theme International Tenants’ Day/UN World Habitat Day announced
  • The first tenants’ association in Luxembourg established

May 2020

  • IUT’s position regarding the Coronavirus crisis and legislation in support of tenants
  • The EU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • EU Commission proposes European climate law and consults on the European climate pact
  • EU Green Deal Recovery
  • EP initiative report “access to decent and affordable housing for all”
  • 2020 EU semester country reports
  • Curia judgement Airbnb Paris
  • European Policy Centre: exploring investment needs and gaps in the housing sector

February 2020

  • Housing initiative report of the European Parliament
  • Urban Intergroup re-established
  • The European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism
  • EU Cities Forum Porto 2020-cities implementing the EU housing action plan
  • UN report of the special rapporteur for housing
  • Referenda in Switzerland and Bavaria

December 2019

  • EESC hearing on Social Housing
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and Goethe Institute invite IUT members to the International housing conference in Lisbon
  • Integrating the European Pillar of Social Rights and the SDGs in the European Semester
  • EU Charter of Fundamental Rights 10th Anniversary
  • 100th anniversary of Bonn Tenants’ Association

October 2019

  • IUT World Conference Vienna
  • Celebration of World Habitat Day and International Tenants Day
  • CoR on Collaborative Economy
  • EU cities and regions week: Who owns our cities?
  • Report: The 2019 State of Housing in the EU
  • Farewell greetings to François Zutter

Summer 2019

  • The European Responsible Housing Awards 2019 Lyon
  • Lukas Siebenkotten new President of the German Tenants Union
  • EU Parliament starts work
  • Milano arch week and Eindhoven urban academy
  • IUT debates energy renovation with EU Commissioners Oettinger and Cañete

May 2019

  • Swedish Union of Tenants in Brussels
  • European Responsible Housing Awards- Jury Meeting
  • EESC Hearing on the European Pillar of Social Rights
  • Urban Intergroup on Cooperatives
  • CoR opinion on energy poverty”
  • Alliance against poverty Baden-Württemberg
  • Dutch Green Housing Associations in Brussels
  • EU Commission presents future proposals 2019-2025

March 2019

  • USA and Barcelona evidence: Airbnb counteracts housing affordability
  • Energy poverty high on the EU agenda
  • Housing First in SPÖ’s EU election campaign
  • European Parliament debates tax evasion in real estate transactions

January 2019

  • Final Action Plan of the EU partnership for affordable housing
  • International conference “Housing for all” in Vienna
  • IUT’s contribution to the S&D progressive initiative
  • IUT meets in Prague and Biel
  • Housing news from the European Semester 2019

 Autumn 2018

  • EU Partnership for affordable housing in Ljublana
  • Tenants Festival in Amersfoort
  • IUT at European Youth Parliament
  • Wiener Wohnen and Est Metropole Habitat sign ERHIN Code of Conduct
  • Alternative rent summit in Berlin
  • Housing news from Barcelona
  • ERHIN Awards in Lyon: June 6, 2019

Summer 2018

  • Ronald Paping becomes housing and finance councillor of the city of Arnhem
  • Hearing of the “Dutch Case” at the ECJ
  • EU decides new climate targets 2030
  •  IUT meets in Oslo, Stuttgart and Brussels

April 2018

  • Lisbon meeting of the EU housing partnership – special report
  • Backlash for national housing bank in Austria
  • The new leader of the S&D group in the European Parliament

February 2018

  • Berlin Meeting of the IUT working Group “Housing Policy”
  • Launch of the EU energy poverty observatory
  • EU Commission proposes reform of VAT
  • 10th anniversary of the IUT Brussels office

December 2017

  • EU Cities Forum in Rotterdam
  • EP  Committee votes for a 3% modernisation rate
  • First report of the EU housing partnership
  • EU-council on tenant’s office solar self-generation

October 2017

  • Welcome to Annika Wahlberg, the new IUT secretary general
  • The IUT working group meets in Brussels
  • New housing initiative report in the CoR
  • Agreement to EU Pillar of Social Rights
  • Statistics-the state of housing in the EU 2017

June 2017

  • International Social Housing Festival
  • EU partnership for housing in Amsterdam
  • Kick-off IUT working group “general housing policy”
  • IUT board meeting in Brussels 27/28 April
  • German Tenant’s Day 2017 in Magdeburg
  • Barcelona invites to an international congress for social housing

April 2017

  • The “Dutch Case” Reopened”
  • EU energy council
  • Role of residents in energy-efficient renovation
  • International Social Housing Festival in June

February 2017

  • Housing markets comparison: recent OECD – database
  • European Holiday Home Association submits complaint at EC about rules for short-term rentals
  • The new balance of Powers in the European Parliament
  • EP adopts report on the pillar of social rights

December 2016

  • European Responsible Housing Awards 2016 – policy meets practice
  • Housing conference in the Czech Senate – a new housing law in the starting block
  • European Commission issues new energy package – what´s new for tenants?

October 2016

  • IUT Brussels moves to a new office in Town – Avenue des Rogations 28
  • European Responsible Housing Awards: Jury meeting and final ceremony date – November 23
  • Deep renovations: make them affordable! IUT applies for Horizon 2020 programme
  • IUT president Sven Bergenstråhle at the international Housing European Conference
  • EU Housing partnership meetings in Bratislava and Geneva
  • Extraordinary EP Urban Intergroup meeting in Brussels
  • IUT is now a full member of the EESC Liaison Group – CSO
  • EU parliament on tenant’s self-generation of renewable energies for heating and cooling
  • Delegation of Austrian Trade Union for Construction workers in The Hague

June 2016

  • IUT at the Berlin Habitat all Conference
  • Twin Birthday in Zürixh: 125 years Züricher Mieterverband und 90 years IUT
  • IUT board on the European pillar of social rights
  • IUT at CNL 100 years Congress
  • European Economic and Social Committee: financing services of general interest
  • Affordable housing in European cities
  • Committee of Regions on SGEI rules
  • Energy policy meetings
  • The second edition of European Responsible Housing Awards: 61 applications received

April 2016

  • IUT at Prague Habitat lll meeting
  • Housing Partnership formally launched
  • The second edition of European Responsible Housing Awards – call for entries launched!
  • Social issues
  • European Investment Bank goes for housing
  • New National Housing Bank in Austria
  • Energy issues

February 2016

  • EU urban agenda: moving forward
  • EIB loan to Dutch social housing corporation
  • Energy efficiency in rental housing, IUT at the Joint Research Center
  • HABITAT III regional conference in Prague
  • European Parliament working on housing and migration
  • Meeting with the new director of DG Competition
  • IUT supported by EUROCITIES

December 2015

  • Meeting with Hong Kong social NGO
  • Vulnerable Consumer Working Group: focus on tenants
  • New EU Urban Partnerships 2015-2018 IUT nominated
  • Europe housing forum: the need for affordable housing for the Young
  • Joining forces with CNL on SGEI
  • IUT at SWL sector conference on social housing financing
  • IUT at a symposium of German housing cooperatives
  • Responsible Housing: support needed for Awards’ second edition
  • EP: increasing focus on housing costs
  • IUT at Eurocities’ housing and state aid working group- new policy line adopted
  • City of Vienna workshop

October 2015

  • IUT Meeting with Šefčovič Cabinet: a new approach to energy poverty needed
  • IUT as a major stakeholder in the Energy Performance Buildings Directive
  • Delegation of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen in Brussels
  • EC Forum on heating and cooling
  • European Parliament puts focus on household costs
  • Juncker plan: France uses the money for energy efficiency projects in housing
  • New Economic Foundation invites IUT to Copenhagen Conference
  • Eurofound workshop on social costs of housing shortages
  • TENLAW final conference: broad consensus on “tenure neutrality”
  • IUT at USH Congress in Montpellier
  • Changes in the IUT Board
  • Queen Maxima as a special guest at Dutch and International Tenants’ Day 2015

August 2015

  • The new term for the Vulnerable Consumers Working Group
  • PBD consultation
  • Energy transition- conference of the Swiss Tenants Union in cooperation with the Swiss Energy Foundation
  • “Summer package” launched by DG ENER
  • Social affairs meeting with Frans Timmermans
  • Housing conferences in Scotland and France
  • European Federation for Living working on social return on investment
  • TTIP and public services

June 2015

  • IUT Board sends a clear message to stop unfair evictions
  • Vote on TTIP postponed
  • German rent brake – the main subject of Deutscher Mietertag 2015
  • European Court of Justice decides on “Dutch case”
  • 65th Austrian council of cities and Towns on the “Dutch case”
  • Stanford law school visits the IUT Brussels office

April 2015

  • The state of North Rhine-Westphalia signed European Declaration on Responsible Housing
  • Background meeting with Czech MEP on energy efficiency
  • TPAS-IUT workshop in Glasgow
  • A new strategy for the real estate sector
  • Pole Europe: jour fixe with CNL on European issues
  • First Commission answer to a request for “Almunia Package” revision
  • The Energy Union package: revision of legislation expected by 2016
  • EFSI regulation: pushing for the inclusion of social housing
  • ECHR judgement on the right to housing against France

January 2015

  • European Responsible Housing Initiative: from the EU to the local level
  • “Juncker Plan” to boost investment in social housing
  • The Housing Reference Group: a stronger link with the EP

October 2014

  • International Tenants Day
  • A voluntary agreement for responsible housing in Europe
  • First edition of the European Responsible Housing Awards
  • Junker’s team approved by European Parliament
  • Flexible energy targets for 2030

September 2014

  • Jean-Claude Juncker unveils new European Commission team

August 2014

  • EU elections
  • European Commission’s gender balance unlikely to be achieved
  • Energy efficiency in Buildings: Member States held in check by Commission
  • Open consultations on the EU urban agenda
  • Meeting with Neven Mimica – EU Commissioner for Consumer Protection
  • International Tenants Day in Brussels on October 6

May 2014

  • Country results: a eurosceptic wave?
  • ERHIN Project

March 2014

  • European Responsible Housing Initiative (ERHIN) – Draft Joint Declaration and Code of Conduct
  • Mayors of European Cities present the “Resolution for social housing in Europé”
  • EU homelessness strategy

January 2014

  • Launch of the European Responsible Housing Awards
  • Overview of the Project’s progress
  • CSR management, Tenant involvement, Diversity, Partnership with suppliers
  • Stakeholders’ view on Responsible Housing

December 2013

  • Meeting with Martin Schulz
  • CNL demonstrating in Lille
  • Responsible Housing – on the way to a joint charter with housing providers
  • Increase of income limits in the Netherlands
  • Structural funds for housing refurbishment and urban development
  • 2 Days of advocacy towards the EU institutions

June and July 2012

  • Directive on energy efficiency
  • A European Agenda for Social Housing
  • Affordable housing for all-policy and implications of shrinking budget

December 2012

  • New EU initiatives for Social Housing
  • Initiative report of the European Parliament on social housing

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