UEPC attends first URBAN Intergroup meeting
Filiep Loosveldt attended the first Urban Intergroup meeting at the European Parliament. The main point of the meeting was the presentation of the State of play of the EU Urban Agenda by Christian Svanfeldt, who deals with Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development within the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy at the European Commission.
During the meeting, Filiep Loosveldt made clear that the Urban Intergroup should not be a forum to challenge the Commission's work programme on housing. He reminded the participants that housing policies are conceived differently in Member States (open/closed systems, small/large target groups) and that UEPC has taken a strong stance against closed systems with large target groups, since this may lead to unfair competition for private companies. Instead, the Urban Intergroup should focus on points and actions to put on its agenda and to develop and apply sustainability criteria for cities.
It was agreed by all participants that housing is a topic that will be on the agenda of next meetings.