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Cities engaging in the right to housing: A call for long-term political commitment

22 April 2021
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UIA & URBACT organised a final event featuring the main results of the culminating activity of Cities Engaging in the Right to Housing - a 1.5 year of cooperation between the 2 EU-funded programmes, paving the way to  future knowledge sharing within the European Urban Initiative.

A year following the outbreak of the global pandemic, the housing crisis has intensified in Europe, as highlighted in Housing Europe’s State of Housing 2021 report. The right to housing has now become more important than ever before.

On 22 April 10.00 CET, UIA & URBACT hosted discussions and inspirational talks as the adoption of report on Access to Decent and Affordable Housing for All by the European Parliament progresses, and the Portuguese Presidency takes forward the European Pillar of Social Rights.

This event released the right2housing.eu knowledge platform, gathering the main take-aways of UIA and URBACT's learning activity, and bringing the voices of EU cities to the EU debate.

The recording of the event is available on our YouTube channel here.

You can dowload the PowerPoint here.

Agenda 

10h00 - 10h05

Welcome and Introduction

10h05 - 10h20

The journey of Cities engaging in the right to housing 

  • Laura Colini, UIA-URBACT expert and senior researcher
10h20 - 10h50

For a Post-Pandemic Right to Housing, presentation followed by Q&A

  • David Madden, LSE, associate professor in Sociology
    10h50 - 11h10 

    The right to housing in cities 

    • FloresBela Pinto, Cabinet of Paula Marques, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Local Development, City of Lisbon
    • Derkien De Baets, Ghent, ICCARus project 
    11h10 - 11h30

    Housing, a human and social right: the EU commitment

    • Ciarán Cuffe, Member of European Parliament, The Greens
    • Nuno Serra, Geographer and Researcher, and Advisor for the Ministery for Infrastructure and Housing
    11h30 - 11h45

    Concluding remarks with the European Commission

    • Merja Haapakka, DG Region, European Commission
    • Raffaele Barbato, Project Coordinator, UIA
    • Nuala Morgan, Head of Communication and Capitalisation, URBACT