UEPC position paper on social housing report
In advance of the discussion compromise amendments to Social Housing Report by Ms Karima Delli, UEPC has sent is position paper to Rapporteur and Shadow Rapporteurs.
UEPC’s main concerns refer to the following four areas:
State aid rules. We consider that a number of compromise amendments – in their current form – could contravene State aid rules, and we recommend that a reference to the applicability of State aid rules should be introduced in a number of cases (Compromises F, I, L, X).
EU competence. We disagree with a number of compromise amendments on the basis that the substance may go beyond the EU’s competence (Compromises H ,I, W).
Strengthening of the non-profit making housing sector. We disagree with the suggestion that Member States and relevant bodies should be encouraged to strengthen the non-profit making housing sector in national reform programmes and strategic priorities, on the basis that this may distort competition (Compromise N).
VAT rates. We consider that the reference to VAT should be to ‘affordable’ and not to ‘social’ housing, in line with a recent EESC report (Compromise S).