INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

4-5 December 2018, Vienna

Wiener Wohnen, Rosa-Fischer-Gasse 2, 1030 Vienna

„Which legal and financial conditions are necessary in Europe to increase investment in affordable housing?“

At the Vienna conference mayors from different European cities, local politicians, housing providers, tenants’ representatives and scientists will discuss Europe`s housing crisis with the EU legislators.

 

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Please note that the number of participants is limited.

 

 

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Welcome to Vienna, the city of social housing. I am looking forward to an exciting and fruitful discussion on affordable housing in Europe's major cities.

Dr. Michael Ludwig 
Mayor of Vienna

The City of Vienna strongly advocates for the necessary framework to make housing affordable for all citizens in Europe.

Kathrin Gaál
City Councillor for Women‘s Issues and Housing, Vienna

Why is it so important …

… to talk about affordable, adequate housing
in growing cities with the representatives of the EU?

 

Levels of homelessness are increasing all over Europe.

Europe’s housing crisis

Adequate housing is a human right and the basis of social cohesion and social peace. Official data shows that more and more Europeans are at risk of housing exclusion. Levels of homelessness are increasing all over Europe. Housing has become the highest expenditure for European citizens. Rents and house prices are growing faster than the income in the majority of EU member states. There is no end in sight.

Alarming decline of investment in housing

Since the economic crisis 2007/2008 there has been an alarming decline of investment in affordable and adequate housing in Europe. The legal uncertainty and lack of clarity caused by current EU state aid regulations are barriers to public and private investment in affordable housing. Therefore, improved housing policies are required. In particular better financing and regulations and knowledge exchange.

Endangered social mix

Especially in growing cities it is very hard to find accommodation near the place where job opportunities or universities are. Due to the high rents and housing prices working people are forced to leave the city and to commute for hours every day to their place of work. That’s not the idea of a smart city (saving resources and energy, climate protection etc.). Socially deprived people are forced to move to the outskirts of the city. This causes disadvantaged areas to develop. 

Cities under pressure

Especially local governments of growing cities are under pressure to find a way out of the housing crisis. They are confronted with immigration, integration, demographic change, financing the growth (public transport, kindergarten, schools, health services etc.). Local politicians know the needs of the people best. However, they can’t face these challenges alone.

 

81,5 million Europeans spend more than 40% of their income on housing

 

 

 

What is the conference about?

 

 

Better housing policies for Europe

Which legal and financial conditions are necessary in Europe to increase investment in affordable housing? Which benefits does affordable housing provide for European cities and the economy? - At the Vienna conference mayors and other representatives from cities and municipalities, housing providers, tenants’ representatives and also experts will discuss better housing policies and ways out of the crisis with representatives from EU institutions. Towards the end of the conference, requirements for EU legislators will be formulated - from representatives of the Urban Agenda - Housing Partnership and from the point of view of cities, municipalities, housing providers and tenant’s representatives. 

Final conference of the EU Urban Agenda - Housing Partnership

More than 70 percent of the European inhabitants live in cities. Urban areas are the places where social challenges such as immigration and integration, homelessness, segregation, poverty, unemployment are concentrated and have to be solved. Urban authorities know the needs of the citizens and are often the level of government closest to them. To strengthen the cities’ voice in the governance process of the EU the EU Urban Agenda was established in 2016 (by the Ministers Responsible for Urban Matters in Amsterdam). By focusing on concrete priority themes within dedicated Partnerships, the Urban Agenda seeks to improve the quality of life in urban areas. The Housing Partnership deals with the challenges of affordable housing. It is a cooperation of cities, Member States, EU institutions, users’ and consumers’, providers’ and producers’ organization on European scale. It focuses on better regulation, better funding and better knowledge. The results of the Housing Partnership with concrete requirements to the EU legislators will be presented at the Vienna conference (the final event of the Housing Partnership).

Vienna`s housing policy

The “Viennese model” is repeatedly cited as a best practice example of a successful housing policy that stands for social balance and inclusion. More than 60% of Viennese residents live in subsidized housing or in municipal flats. The City of Vienna owns 220,000 housing units and additional 200,000 were built by limited profit housing companies.

Based on an almost hundred-year-old tradition (centenary tradition), Vienna’s housing policy creates a socially mixed city and has a fair approach by including middle and lower income groups. It provides 21,000 jobs in the construction industry and makes a considerable contribution to energy efficiency and environmental protection due to the high rate of subsidized renovations/urban renewal. 

On the second day of the conference, the City of Vienna will offer study visits to give an insight into what makes the Vienna Model of social housing so successful and to provide an opportunity to talk to the experts.

 

 

 

PROGRAMME

Conference

08:00

Registration

coffee and networking

09:30

Welcome to Vienna

Michael Ludwig, Mayor of Vienna

09:45

Welcome

Kathrin Gaál, City Councillor for Women`s Issues and Housing, Vienna

10:00

Keynote

Leilani Farha, initiative #maketheshift!, UN special rapporteur on adequate housing

10:30

The challenges of affordable housing in Europe

Orna Rosenfeld, Faculty for Urban Sciences, Sciences Po Paris

11:00

European round table

Which legal and financial conditions are needed in Europe to increase investment in affordable housing?

N.N., Member of the European Commission
Evelyn Regner, Member of the European Parliament (S&D)
Nicolaas Beets, Dutch Special Urban Envoy
Kieran McCarthy, Member of EU Committee of the Regions, councilor of the City of Cork, Ireland

11:45–12:15

Coffee break

12:15

Governance Talk about affordable housing

Presentation of the findings of the EU Urban Agenda - Housing Partnership

Elena Szolgayová, Slovakia, Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development
Michaela Kauer, Department for European Affairs, City of Vienna

Reactions:

Housing provider

Josef Ostermayer, CEO Sozialbau AG

Tenants’ Representative
Lukas Siebenkotten, Director of the German Union of Tenants

13:00

Lunch and marketplace

exploring „The Vienna Model of Social Housing“

14:00

Findings of the study: „The Public Values of Social Housing – a comparison between Vienna and Amsterdam“

Birgit Grüb-Martin, Kepler University Linz

Response:
Rutger Groot Wassink, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam, City Councillor for Social Affairs, Democratisation, and Diversity
Kurt Stürzenbecher, Member of City Council of Vienna, Chair of the Committee on Housing

15:15

Requirements to the European legislators - What`s next?

Statements from different perspectives:

From the EU Urban Agenda – Housing Partnership: Elena Szolgayová and Michaela Kauer
From the cities: Rui Neves Bochmann Franco (Deputy City Councillor, Lisbon)
From tenants: Barbara Steenbergen  (International Union of Tenants)
From public and social housing providers: Cédric Van Styvendael (Housing Europe)
From the employee side: Christian Meidlinger  (younion_Die Daseinsgewerkschaft)


Reflections and summary:
Claudio Acioly  (UN Habitat - Head of Capacity Building)

16:30

Close the conference

16:50

Take the subway to the city hall "Rathaus". Visit the exhibition “The Vienna Modelat Planungswerkstatt, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz  9 (near the city hall) and/or visit the Christmas Market in front of the city hall.

19:00

Official reception of the mayor at the Viennese city hall

 

Study Visits

9:30

Welcome to Wiener Wohnen, Introduction of the Viennese model of social housing

Karin Ramser, CEO of Stadt Wien - Wiener Wohnen

10:00

Select one of those study visits:

1) The "Sonnwendviertel" – a completely new urban district

Information about land policy, new construction, developers’ competition and smart housing.

2) Visit the “Rabenhof” – municipal housing, community work and conflict management

Information about municipal housing its history and “Wiener Wohnen”, “Wohnpartner” and conflict management.

3) Smarter Together: a holistic smart city urban renewal project within Horizon 2020

Information about urban renewal, new partnerships climate and social goals of Vienna as a smart city.

4) Tenants’ protection and services

Information about the free of charge support for tenants in case of harassment or threat of eviction

13:15

Lunch at Wiener Wohnen

14:15

Select one of those study visits

1) The "Sonnwendviertel" – a completely new urban district

Information about land policy, new construction, developers’ competition and smart housing.

2) Visit the “Rabenhof” – municipal housing, community work and conflict management

Information about municipal housing its history and “Wiener Wohnen”, “Wohnpartner” and conflict management.

3) Smarter Together: a holistic smart city urban renewal project within Horizon 2020

Information about urban renewal, new partnerships climate and social goals of Vienna as a smart city.

4) Tenants’ protection and services

Information about the free of charge support for tenants in case of harassment or threat of eviction

5) Wohnberatung Wien – How to apply for a municipal/subsidized flat?

Information about the one stop shop “Wohnberatung”, criteria of access for municipal/subsidized housing, from application to confirmation

16:45

End of the event

 

What People Say about
Affordable Housing

Subsidised housing must be accessible for broad levels of the population today and in the future.

Susanne Bauer
chair of Eurocities - Working Group Housing

Decent, affordable non-profit Housing - Vienna shows that this is not just an aspiration. We can make it happen.en.

Sorcha Edwards
Housing Europe, Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing

What makes Vienna unique is that you cannot tell how much someone earns simply by looking at their home address.

Kathrin Gaál
City Councillor for Women’s Issues and Housing, Vienna

Affordable Housing is the key to ending homelessness. It’s as simple as that.

Mag.a DSAin Elisabeth Hammer
CEO neunerhaus, Chairwoman BAWO

Affordable housing is a key to social cohesion and sustainable development, like the Vienna example shows.

Michaela Kauer
co-coordinator of the EU Urban Agenda – Housing Partnership, Vienna

Der Zuzug in Wiens schönsten Bezirk, die Donaustadt ist ungebrochen – mit dem sozialen Wohnbau gibt es auch für die vielen jungen Familien eine Chance auf leistbares und gleichzeitig hochwertiges Wohnen.

Ernst Nevrivy
Bezirksvorsteher des 22. Wiener Gemeindebezirks – Donaustadt

More than 60% of Viennese residents live in subsidized housing or in municipal flats. Affordable housing is a fundamental human need to ensure the social cohesion in our livable city.

Barbara Novak
Member of the City Council, Vienna

A self-determined life for women is on top of my political agenda. Affordable housing is an essential prerequisite to achieve this. 

Astrid Rompolt
Vice District Chair of the 2nd district, Vienna

Housing Matters. Access to housing shapes and decides our common future.

Dr. Orna Rosenfeld
Housing Expert at the European Commission & Sciences Po Paris

We need rent control and more social housing to create fair and open housing markets for the people.

Barbara Steenbergen
International Union of Tenants, Head of EU liaison office

Video Channel

 

Orna Rosenfeld

Knut Hoeller

Agata Krause

Laurent Ghekiere

Sašo Rink

Ronald Paping

Sorcha Edwards

Karin Zauner

Michaela Kauner

Beate Ginzel

Sébastien Garnier

Heike Opitz