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					                          EU NEWS THAT MATTERS FOR SOCIAL HOUSING
                          BRUSSELS JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2009

          ICT-PSP 2009 will finance ICTs for
                                                                               Demographic Change, Mobility and Housing,
          energy efficiency in social housing                                 a Challenge for Territorial Cohesion in Europe
                                                                                            27 February, Bordeaux
The ICT PSP Work Programme 2009 has now been for-
mally approved. The third call for proposals will open
from 29 January till 2 June 2009, and it will include fi-                CECODHAS sub-working group on Ageing, at the invitation of
nancing (up to 5 M€) for pilot actions in the field of                   Muriel Boulmier, is organising its second conference
                                                                         “Demographic change, mobility and housing: a challenge for
"ICT for energy efficiency in social housing". An info                   territorial cohesion in Europe” In Bordeaux. T
day on ICT for energy efficiency will be held during the Euro-
pean Union Sustainable Energy Week on 12 February 2009                   he conference will explore issues such as how to establish strong
in Brussels.                                                             partnerships between all stakeholders from the housing, health,
                                                                         transport and services sector, as well as with elected representa-
                                                                         tives, to meet the growing and multiple needs of elderly people?
Focus and outcomes:                                                      What does it imply in particular for social housing providers in
►Demonstrating that advanced ICT components and sys-                     Europe?
tems (e.g. smart metering, smart lighting, power electronics
for integration and management of locally generated renew-               ...More information on our website at
able energy sources, etc.) can contribute directly to reducing
both the peak-consumption and annual energy use by more
than 15% under real conditions in European social housing.            Conditions and characteristics:
                                                                      ►public-private partnerships including industry players such
►Demonstrating that the ICT systems applied can be oper-              as technology and service providers, housing corporations
ated without causing local instabilities in the electricity distri-   and users' organisations.
bution infrastructure, and that the overall annual CO2 emis-          ►strong involvement of users and/or their representatives
sions can be reduced by more than 20% (pilots integrating             ►involvement of public authorities
the use of embedded power production based on clean lo-               ►evidence of the timely availability and self-financing of the
cally distributed and renewable energy resources).                    energy infrastructures required for the successful implemen-
                                                                      tation of the pilots.
                                                                      ►plans for larger-scale sustainable uptake beyond the pilot,
                                                                      dissemination and communication activities on the expected
                                                                      achieved results shall be provided.

                  In this issue                                       >Further     information         at:
     • HIGHLIGHT: Open call! ICT-PSP 2009 will
       finance ICT for energy efficiency in social                                                       CECODHAS Actions
       housing →page1

     • CECODHAS Actions: CECODHAS launches
       subscription scheme; CECODHAS conference
                                                                      New: CECODHAS subscription scheme
       on energy efficiency; UNECE work-                              for interested parties
       shop...→from page 1
                                                                      Organisations other than CECODHAS members can
     • EU News: Structural Funds and energy effi-                     now get privileged access to our expertise, knowledge
       ciency in housing; launch of Spring Alliance;                  and initiatives by subscribing to our new scheme.
       Intergenerational solidarity campaign; Euro-                   By becoming a CECODHAS subscriber, you will have the
       pean Neighbors Day→from page 3                                 opportunity to:
                                                                      ►Access up-to date information on EU policies development
     • News from Members: in this issue, news                         ►Build your profile within the social housing arena
       from the Netherlands, France and Italy→ page                   ►Network with decision makers and establish important
       5                                                              relationships
                                                                      ►Demonstrate commitment to affordable housing for all
     • Research: CECODHAS General Survey 2008;
                                                                      and the wider neighbourhood agenda
       CIRIEC Call for papers → from page 5
                                                                      ►Increase your knowledge of this dynamic sector across
     • Events →page 6                                                 borders

                                                                      Each subscriber will receive:
                                                                      ►Privileged access to our events, seminars, training ses-
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                        BRUSSELS JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2009

          their participation will be ensured to our public       each and every building through the optimisation of energy
      events. A special discounted subscriber rate will apply .   efficiency, the harnessing of renewables like wind, solar,
  ►All our publications (thematic publication at least one        biomass and the use of heat pumps and hydrogen fuel cells
per year) and the 6 issues a year of our newsflash giving         could become not only self sufficient in terms of energy but
information on EU but also national housing policies devel-       could produce an energy surplus to be fed back to the elec-
opment                                                            tricity grid. In Rifkin's future, this widespread decentralised
►the 4 issues every year of our Observatory briefings ( as an     energy production will eventually make large polluting
example the Briefings are 8 pages long and covered in 2008        power stations obsolete.
the issues of: Quality services in the social housing sector,
affordability of housing in Europe, social housing recent de-     Rifkin warns that we cannot afford to wait for millions of
velopment in Eastern Europe). In addition, all observatory        individual home owners to wake up to the potential of their
reports will also been offered.                                   properties present in terms of energy saving and production,
►Access to our funding opportunities web-page and to our          access the finance and take appropriate action and he high-
partners fair page update on a regular basis                      lights the potential role of social and cooperation housing
                                                                  organisations, which manage over 20 million homes in the
>If you are interested in becoming a subscriber, please find      EU, to lead the way. The sector has the capacity to demon-
more information at              strate in a relatively short time the large scale introduction of
view/715/70/ or contact                renewables and implementation of the latest retrofitting
                                                                  technologies. The sector, due to its size, centralized man-
                                  CECODHAS Actions                agement and strong social commitments, has the potential
                                                                  to generate the economies of scale needed to trigger the
                                                                  market development for energy efficiency products and ser-
                                                                  vices, technologies which harness renewable energies and
"Get Efficient Get Renewable and Get                              green financial services.
Online"- Future Vision for Social and Coop-
                                                                  All presentations can be downloaded from the CECODHAS
erative Housing                                                   website. Also available is a 20 minute videoclip featuring
                                                                  interviews with conference speakers, participants and organ-
During a CECODHAS - EEB conference on EU energy                   isers as well as an interview with CECODHAS president
efficiency policy, Jeremy Rifkin identified social and            David Orr.
cooperative housing as critical to the success of what
he terms the 'third industrial revolution'.                       >For further information, please visit

In November 08, the European Commission took steps to
boost efforts to achieve energy efficiency targets by present-
ing a 'new and improved' version of the Energy Performance
                                                                  Social housing: part of the solution to the
of Buildings Directive (EPBD) . The current EPBD and its suc-     global financial crisis
cessor will have a key role to play in raising public awareness
of the link between the physical condition of their home          CECODHAS internal seminar “The recovery plans in the
and their energy consumption. Measures foreseen by the            EU Member States and the place of housing/social
directive include the obligation to produce energy perform-       housing” was held on January 28. The seminar brought
ance certificates for properties which are for sale or rent ,     together practitioners and experts from the academic and
the regular inspection of heating and air conditioning sys-       research sector to analyze the different proposals of eco-
tems and the establishment and respect of minimum energy          nomic recovery at national and European level, to better
requirement for new buildings and those undergoing exten-         understand the potential impacts on the future of social
sive renovation. The measures are seen by the Commission          housing sector in Europe through a lively and enriching de-
as the tools to cost effectively reduce the amount of energy      bate.
which is currently being consumed in buildings in the EU by
an estimated 28% by 2020.                                         During the first session of the seminar, participants discussed
While both Key note speakers at the conference, world re-         issues such as supporting the construction sector as a way to
nown economist Jeremy Rifkin and Jorgen Henningson sen-           sustain employment (focusing in particular on the potential
ior advisor for the EPC see the EU as the global flagship for     for job creation in the sector of energy efficiency in hous-
energy efficiency, they highlighted the need for more ambi-       ing), as well as the impacts of the crisis on housing markets
tion and an increased sense of urgency if we are to offset        in the EU, and an overview of measures proposed in the
the effects of dangerous climate change. Henningson               recovery plans for the housing sector.
warned that until carbon is treated as a pollutant progress
will remain limited. Rifkin called on delegates to set their      It emerged from the discussion that social housing has an
sights high if we are to usher in the third industrial revolu-    important role to play in the recovery, in the light of the
tion on time. RIfkin's presented his vision of a future where     importance of the housing markets for economic


                                                         CECODHAS - The European Liaison Committee for Social Housing
                        BRUSSELS JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2009

             growth, especially for countries like Spain and      opportunities for the ECE region in order to clarify necessary
        Ireland. Timing having so far proved be a key element     policy measures, as well as to provide UNECE with directions
   in the success of national recovery plans, social housing      on how it can best execute its mandate on policy guidance
organisations can implement actions that will really              and influencing decision-making. The Workshop will revise
make a difference, and do it quickly, as CECODHAS                 the economic, social and environmental impacts of energy
president David Orr pointed out. For instance, compared to        efficiency in housing, will consider current policies and solu-
large-scale infrastructure programmes investing in retrofit-      tions, as well as various barriers to effective policies, and will
ting and energy efficiency in housing can be done in rela-        discuss priorities that need to be embarked by international
tively short time and have a strong positive impact not only      and national governments. The workshop results from the
on the environment but also in creating jobs ( it is estimated    work of a Task Force on Energy Efficiency in Housing com-
for instance that in France the work required to implement        posed of a small group of interested Members States and
criteria set by the Grenelle de l'Environment could create        practitioners, which was established by UNECE CHL in May
220 000 jobs in one year) and in alleviating the phenome-         2008. The taskforce aims at bridging the gap between deci-
non of fuel poverty for residents. Therefore, the implemen-       sion making in this field and practice, focusing on the need
tation of this type of action can have a great positive impact    for energetic refurbishment of the existing stock, and con-
on the lives of our residents and more generally on the           sidering environmental, social and economic aspects related
economy, provided the necessary incentives are guaranteed         to energy efficiency in housing.
by the Member States.
                                                                  >for further information, please contact
The second session focused on concrete examples from the
social housing sector in France, Germany and Ireland, to
                                                                                                             EU News
illustrate the role social housing organisations can play in a
economic recovery plan to increase affordability and fight
fuel poverty. The economic and financial crisis is posing new     Structural Funds: European Parliament to
challenges to the social housing sector. In France and Ger-
many for instance residents in social housing are getting         support energy-efficient housing in all
poorer, making the issue of affordability more central than       EU-27
ever for social housing providers.
Nevertheless, it is also a time of great opportunities for our    On January 19th, the Committee on Regional Development
sector. The demand for social housing is increasing almost        of the European Parliament has given clear backing on the
everywhere in Europe, calling for the construction of new         extension of EU support to greater energy efficiency and
affordable residential dwellings, particularly in areas of eco-   use of renewable energy in housing in all EU Member States,
nomic activity. Social housing organisations are in an ideal      as proposed by the European Commission.
position to respond to the increasing demand by providing
affordable dwellings while at the same time creating sustain-     At the meeting of the Committee on Regional Development
able neighborhoods.                                               (responsible for drafting the opinion of the Parliament on
                                                                  the European Commission proposal to allow the use of EU
By helping people moving and settling down in places where        funds for energy efficiency and renewable energy operations
they can have a future, social housing providers can make a       in existing housing in all EU Member States), the designated
unique contribution to the efforts to boost the economy out       rapporteur, Mr. Emanouil Angelakas, announced that he will
of recession.                                                     support the compromise reached by the Member States
                                                                  whithout further amendments.
>For  further   information    please  visit: http://             This means that it is expected that the European Parliament   (CECODHAS                will adopt the compromise during the plenary session of
members only)                                                     beginning of April.

                                                                  The compromise (which will modify the regulation
                                                                  1080/2006 on the ERDF) now says:
First UNECE Workshop on                                           "In each Member State, expenditure on energy efficiency
Energy Efficiency in Housing                                      improvements and on the use of renewable energy in exist-
                                                                  ing housing shall be eligible up to an amount of 4% of the
CECODHAS is cooperating with the UNECE Committee on               total ERDF allocation. Member States shall define categories
Housing and Land Management in organising a workshop              of eligible housing in national rules […] with the view to
on Energy Efficiency in Housing to be held in Sofia (Bulgaria)    supporting social cohesion".
on 21-22 April 2009. This first workshop will be followed by
a second one which is due to take place in Vienna in Nove-        After the adoption by the European Parliament, the Com-
mebr 2009.                                                        mission will have to issue a guidance note for the national
                                                                  authorities (expected to be ready by the end of May).
The First Workshop will focus on identifying challenges and       Then it is up to those national authorities to lay


                                                         CECODHAS - The European Liaison Committee for Social Housing
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           down the rules that will further precise the catego-   Alliance of NGOs to launch a European cam-
      ries of eligible housing.
 First projects could be selected in September 2009.              paign on Intergenerational Solidarity
It is important to remember that:                                 The Slovenian EU Presidency decided to launch 29 April as
                                                                  the “European Day on Solidarity and Cooperation between
► There is no increase of budget for this new measure. It is      Generations”, to raise awareness about the need to pro-
just a shift of spending towards energy efficiency and use of     mote greater intergenerational solidarity.
renewable in existing housing within the current Operational
Programmes;                                                       CECODHAS, together with the European Older People’s
                                                                  Platform (AGE), the European Youth Forum (YFJ), the Euro-
► It will not be necessary to modify Operational Pro-             pean Women’s Lobby (EWL), Association Internationale de la
grammes, since it will be possible to make use of this oppor-     Mutualité (AIM), the European Association of Paritarian Insti-
tunity under priorities like energy, climate change, environe-    tutions of social protection (AEIP) warmly welcomed the im-
ment..., which generally appear in all Operational Pro-           portance attached by the European Union to the necessity of
grammes;                                                          addressing the aspect of solidarity between generations in
                                                                  all spheres of life. The organisations have therefore decided
► it is up to the managing authorities (in many cases the         to prepare jointly an awareness-raising campaign to encour-
regions) to decide whether they find it relevant to use this      age members to cooperate in planning activities to mark the
opportunity. Therefore (social) housing organisations must        first European Day of Intergenerational Solidarity in 2009.
get in contact with the managing authorities and, if needed,      This cooperation should focus on the organisation of inter-
work to convince them;                                            generational activities at grass root level as well as policy
                                                                  debates at local, national and EU level.
To facilitate the implementation of this measure, CECOD-
HAS, together with the Committee of the Regions and the           The aim of the campaign is to attract the attention of politi-
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)             cians on European, national, regional and local levels who
shall organise a seminar in Brussels at the end of June. Fur-     should work together with civil society groups on how to
ther information on this event will be soon available on our      rethink and redefine the concept of solidarity between the
website:              generations, and on how to support civil society initiatives
                                                                  on intergenerational cooperation. It should also encourage
>More on this issue:                    the European policy-makers to put intergenerational solidar-
                                                                  ity high on the EU agenda and to support the proposal to
                                                                  make 2012 the European Year on Active Ageing and Inter-
                                                                  generational Solidarity.
Spring Alliance: a Social and Green Agenda
for the next decade                                               >For further information, please visit

The joint EEB/ETUC/Social Platform participatory campaign
“Spring Alliance” was launched last week in Brussels, to          Save the date: European Neighbours Day,
develop ideas and create a broad consensus on a Social and
Green Agenda for the next Decade, for promotion to the            26th May 2009
new European Commission and European Parliament as well                                      This year's celebrations for the
as to the EU Member States. CECODHAS is leading the plat-                                    European Neighbours’ Day will
form’s working group on climate change.                                                      take place Tuesday, 26th May.
                                                                                             This year's edition is under the
The campaign aims to contribute to the European Commis-                                      official patronage of the European
sion’s strategic agenda for its five-year mandate (2009-                                     Commission and the European
2014) so that social and environmental goals underpin all                                    Parliament, and it focuses on the
major policy proposals and in particular the budget review                                   promotion of European Citizen-
and policies on climate change, energy and natural re-                                       ship.
sources, internal market, economy and finance, trade and
development. In order to reach this objective a broad coali-                                 >To find out more, please visit
tion of civil society organisations, trade unions, and business                              www.european-neighbours-
organisations will develop by July 2009 a Social and Green                         
Agenda for the Next Decade in an open and inclusive way
and present it to the new European Commission and pro-            >If as a CECODHAS member organisation you would like to
mote it within the new European Parliament and the Mem-           be involved in the initiative, or you already have been in the
ber States.                                                       past, please contact


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                        BRUSSELS JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2009

       The Netherlands: social housing or- Italy - Final SHE project conference
   ganisations take legal action against
                                           Federabitazione - Confcooperative together with Consorzio
elevator producers cartel                  Nazionale CasaQualità and with the support of CECODHAS
                                                                 has organised the final conference of the SHE-Sustainable
Some Dutch social housing organizations have taken legal         Housing in Europe project. The conference "Sustainable
action against elevator producers that have been fined sub-      housing in Europe: from extraordinary to everyday reality"
stantial amounts of money on the grounds of infringement         will be held in Rome on 12 February 2009.
of European competition law.
                                                                 Practitioners involved in the project, as well as academics
The European Commission issued a decision in February            and representatives of national and European institutions,
2007 concerning five manufacturers of elevators and escala-      will come together to present the results of the project and
tors, concluding that they had in several ways acted against     the recommendations which emerged from this experience,
European law (art 81 of the treaty) in Belgium, Germany,         and discuss the way ahead: how to capitalize the SHE ex-
The Netherlands and Luxemburg. Following this decision a         perience and spreading sustainable practices throughout the
number of Dutch social housing organisations have united         social housing sector in Europe.
themselves in order to investigate if the damages they have      The event will be closed by the presentation of projects win-
suffered from these illegal practices could somehow be com-      ners of the Italian national award "Building sustainable co-
pensated. Therefore they have founded a foundation, de           operative housing".
Glazen Lift (The Glass Elevator), with the obective to get
compensation for the damages they have suffered. Besides,        >For further information please visit the website
the foundation intends to work towards opening up the   or contact Federabitazione at:
market for elevators and escalators. Aedes is                    
acting as an advisor to this foundation.           Members       News

POWER HOUSE EUROPE: national platforms France: USH elects new president
launched in Italy and France           Thierry Repentin, senator fo the Savoie region in France , has
                                                                 recently been elected as the new president of l'Union Social
On 20 January 2009, the National Platform “POWER HOUSE           pou l'Habitat (USH) by absolute majority.
Italy” has been established thanks to the support of CECOD-      Mr. Repentin is author of several law proposals related to
HAS Italia (Federcasa, Federabitazione-Confcooperative and       housing, and rapporteur pour avis du budget du logement
Ancab-Legacoop) in the framework of the “POWER HOUSE             and signatory of the parliamentary report "foncier-
EUROPE” project (Please visit the provisional project website    logement: sortir de la crise?". He succeeeds Michel Dele-
for further information         barre, former minister and vice-major of Dunkerque, who
view/263/206/1/4/ ). The POWER HOUSE Italian Platform            held the presidency of USH over the last 10 years.
represents an informal association which brings together key
stakeholders with the objective of developing joint actions
and strategies on energy efficiency in the residential sector.
The Italian Platform will provide the operators involved with
a powerful tool for exchanging information at national as
well as at European level thanks to the interactions between
the other platforms formed under the POWER HOUSE                 CECODHAS General Survey 2008: findings
EUROPE project.                                                  report now available
A week later, on 26 January, project POWER HOUSE
                                                                 Following the first CECODHAS General Survey carried out
EUROPE French partners (USH & HTC) met in Paris to inter-
                                                                 in 2005, the second edition of this survey aims at monitor-
nally discuss the creation of the French platform. Communi-
                                                                 ing the developments within the social housing sector as
cation strategies were discussed to promote the project and
                                                                 represented by CECODHAS member organisations in the
make sure that the efforts to be made will contribute to the
                                                                 European Union. The report produced by CECODHAS Obser-
success of the project, both at national and European level.
                                                                 vatory provides up-to -date information on the size, fields of
The involvement of different actors and stakeholders was
                                                                 activity, and characteristics of tenants of the social housing
also examined in order to create strategic partnerships be-
                                                                 organisations represented by the national and regional fed-
tween relevant actors and stakeholders and assure the sus-
                                                                 erations which are members of CECODHAS.
tainability of the platform itself in the long run.
                                                                 >The report is available for CECODHAS members in the
CECODHAS would like to take this opportunity to thank all
                                                                 "Members documents" page on our website
the partners involved in POWER HOUSE EUROPE project.


                                                        CECODHAS - The European Liaison Committee for Social Housing
                          BRUSSELS JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2009

           CIRIEC Research Conference on the
           Social Economy: Call for papers
The second international CIRIEC Research Conference on the                      CECODHAS events
Social Economy "The Social Economy in a world facing a
global crisis" will be held on October 1-2 2009 in Östersund,
Sweden. The organisers invite researchers from universities,           9 February 2009, Brussels
specialist research centres and practitioners from the Social          Conference “Green Housing and Green Jobs: Setting
Economy to take part in the conference and submit abstract             the pace for a decade of green and social growth”
proposals relevant to the thematic streams of the event. The
deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15/02/09.                  27 February, Bordeaux, France
                                                                       Conference Demographic Change, Mobility and Hous-
>For further information on the conference and on the call
                                                                       ing, a Challenge for Territorial Cohesion in Europe
for papers, please check
                                                                       2 March 2009, Brussels
                                                                       Executive Committee meeting
                                                                       Internal strategic seminar Social housing providers
                                                                       between services of general interest and market regu-
         Other events of interest                                      lation: a changing position?

    25 February 2009, London                                           3 March 2009, Brussels
    Fighting the Crunch - What the Homes and Communi-                  CECODHAS Working groups meetings
    ties Agency can deliver
                                                                       23-24 March 2009, London, UK
    2-3 April 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands                         POWERHOUSE project meeting
    Conference on: Family, Migration and Housing
                                                                       16-17 April 2009, Prague, Czech republic
    2-3 April 2009, Warwick, UK                                        Conference on Social Economy
    Crises and the City
                                                                       21-22 April 2009, Sofia, Bulgaria
    3 April 2009, Paris                                                First UNECE Workshop on Energy Efficiency in Housing,
    Collectif SSIG: From Europe to territories to live                 in cooperation with CECODHAS

    >Find the links to these and other events on our
    website at                        >For further information on CECODHAS events
    view/23/63/                                                        please contact

                                                                   THE EUROPEAN LIAISON COMMITTEE FOR SOCIAL
                                                                   CECODHAS, established in 1988, is the European network
                                                                   for the promotion of the right to decent housing for all. In
                                                                   our membership we have 45 regional and national federa-
                                                                   tions which together represent over 34.000 public, volun-
                                                                   tary and cooperative social housing enterprises in 19
                                                                   countries. Together they house 23 Million households
                                                                   across the European Union. CECODHAS is funded by
                                                                   membership fees.


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