UEPC attends conference on cost-effective housing policies in Flanders and Europe
The EU Progress Project is led by the Flemish Housing Agency and KU Leuven University. It aims at reviewing the different elements of housing policies that could be improved and making some recommendations to policy makers towards a more cost effective housing policy.
In close cooperation with UPSI-BVS and BFW, UEPC responded to their questionnaire on the cost effectiveness of housing policies. The outcome of the questionnaire was discussed on 24 February.
Some of the participants questioned whether it is a state’s role to support home ownership. Filiep Loosveldt of UEPC stressed the importance of home ownership as part of a “housing cycle”: home ownership improves circulation on the sales and rental markets. This mobility ultimately results in a positive effect on the European economy. With regard to social inclusion, UEPC stated that it strives for market-driven solutions, with respect for the EU competition rules, rather than top-down policies.