Social Housing in the EU
Briefing paper published in February 2013 by the Policy Department A: Economic and Scientific Policy of the Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the European Parliament.
The authors are IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor, Michela Braga (fRDB and Bocconi University), and Pietro Palvarini (fRDB and University of Milan Bicocca).
The report was requested by the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.
Available as a PDF file on https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/note/join/2013/492469/IPOL-EMPL_NT%282013%29492469_EN.pdf
This briefing paper provides an overview of the social housing sector in the EU area.
After presenting how Member States define social housing, it details the response of the sector to the 2007–2008 financial crisis.
In addition, it sheds light on the most recent developments at the EU level on the conflicting interests that are necessary to reconcile within the sector:
ensuring adequate and affordable housing for all citizens,
yet guaranteeing open competition among market players.
Finally, innovative social housing projects are presented.
Keywords: social housing, European Union, EU, European Parliament, EP, European Commission, EC, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, big landlords, corporate interests, developers, lobbying, European Property Federation, Association of Institutional Property Investors in the Netherlands, Union Nationale de la Propriété Immobilière