Published: 6th Dec 2019

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has called for more robust EU housing policies to make affordable houses available for all Europeans. In a conference in Brussels yesterday (December 5) the committee has asked the EU to adopt urgent measures in this field, with the danger of excessive housing costs affecting the whole population. The committee declared that housing policies at a European level must not be restricted to assisting vulnerable individuals and people in need, but must be broadened to supply affordable homes for all. Policies should match family needs to promote high-quality and energy-efficient housing, encourage a social mix within buildings and urban areas and tackle segregation. The ability to exercise the right to housing depends on sufficient availability at affordable prices. Social housing is a service of general economic interest and is related to fundamental rights such as human dignity and treatment. It is intended for … (To read the full article, subscribe below)