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UEPC Comments on the Council's general approach on the proposal on Energy Performance of Buildings (July 2017)

The European Union of House Builders and Developers (UEPC) would like to share its comments on the EU Council’s General Approach on the proposal amending the Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings. UEPC welcomes the EU Council’s negotiating stance agreed by Energy Ministers on 26th June which clearly takes into consideration the need for more flexibility in this field. UEPC considers that the Council’s negotiating position represents a good starting point in view of the upcoming negotiations with the European Parliament. We call on MEPs to support similar solutions when voting on MEP Bendtsen’s draft report in the ITRE Committee after the summer recess.

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UEPC suggests amendment to the draft report on the proposal on Energy Performance of Buildings (June 2017)

The European Union of House Builders and Developers (UEPC) would like to share its comments on MEP Bendtsen’s draft report on the proposal amending the Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings. UEPC welcomes the new approach adopted by the European Parliament Rapporteur which clearly takes into consideration the need for more flexibility in this field. While acknowledging the positive aspects of MEP Bendtsen’s targeted amendments to the EPBD, we would like to express our concern about a section of amendment n. 30, notably the sentence referring to ‘with the power of at least 7 kW’.

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UEPC Position on European Commission's proposal on Energy Performance of Buildings (March 2017)

The European Union of Developers and House Builders (UEPC) welcomes the new approach adopted by the European Commission, which marks a clear break with the past, as its primary focus has been now correctly placed on the existing building stock and the need to accelerate its pace towards cost-effective renovations. The UEPC would like to share its comments on the European Commission’s proposal.

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UEPC Position on European Parliament’s report on European energy security strategy

In the context of debates on the report on the European energy security strategy, the European Union of Developers and House Builders (UEPC) strongly supports the work of the European Parliament in this area and took the opportunity to share its views in advance of the discussions within the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee.

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UEPC Polish Member, PZFD, publishes Report on the Differences between the Designed Area Compared to the Built Area

The Polish Association of Developers, in order to present substantive and comparative contribution, which is the basis for creating in Poland appropriate legislation in the range of differences area, turned to the members of the European Union of Developers and Housing Builders (UEPC) with the question of how in each country is regulated legal issues related to the differences in the designed area compared to the built area. The associated countries responded to 10 questions relating to the permissible measuring differences apartments. The collected data were the basis for the preparation of this report, which provide a basis for cooperation with the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection in order to create good legislation regulating the derogations for area actually built into the designed, as well as determine the rational method of measuring these areas.

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PZFD publishes Report on the Differences between the Designed Area Compared to the Built Area

The Polish Association of Developers, in order to present substantive and comparative contribution, which is the basis for creating in Poland appropriate legislation in the range of differences area, turned to the members of the European Union of Developers and Housing Builders (UEPC) with the question of how in each country is regulated legal issues related to the differences in the designed area compared to the built area. The associated countries responded to 10 questions relating to the permissible measuring differences apartments. The collected data were the basis for the preparation of this report, which provide a basis for cooperation with the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection in order to create good legislation regulating the derogations for area actually built into the designed, as well as determine the rational method of measuring these areas.

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BFW's membership of UEPC featured in FPI's magazine

On 19 June, UEPC's French Member 'Fédération des Promotions Immobiliers' (FPI) featured in its magazine 'Promotion Immobilière', BFW's membership into UEPC. The article mentions the important boost of activities that UEPC is going through over the last two years thanks to the appointment of Newgate and the new membership strategy. Furthermore the Maltese Developers Associations and the Norwegian Home Builders Association have joined UEPC in 2013, followed by the Bundesverband Freier Immobilien- und Wohnungsunternehmen from Germany in the Spring of 2014.

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UEPC launches its Manifesto

In the context of the European Parliament elections, UEPC has issued its Manifesto. This document contains the main policy objectives UEPC members would like to see achieved at EU level: • Creating a level playing field between public and private developers ; • Making the financing of housing more transparent ; • Cutting red tape ; • Lowering taxes. The manifesto, to which all UEPC members have agreed at the meeting in Madrid on 30 May, will be UEPC’s policy guideline for all future actions at EU level.

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UEPC Position on EU State Aid Rules in the Housing Markets Published on Euractiv (January 2014)

Filiep Loosveldt, Managing Director of the UEPC, states that: ‘the concepts of ‘level playing field’ or ‘freedom of competition’ are not an ultra-liberal credo; they are the means by which public and private bodies can be made to compete in achieving the common good: affordable quality housing. This is why European Union’s State Aid authorities must continue and enhance their crucial role, ensuring that state aid energises all market actors to compete in increasing the affordable quality housing stock’.

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UEPC Press Release on Informal EU Housing Ministers Meeting on 9-10 December (December 2013)

Following the declaration of the EU’s Housing Ministers, made at the occasion of their informal meeting of 9-10 December, Filiep Loosveldt, managing director of UEPC, underlines in a press release the importance of such a meeting. "Although "housing policy" as such is not a formal competence of the EU, it cannot be denied that European legislation has a huge impact on national, regional and local housing policies", says Loosveldt. "That is why UEPC recently adopted a roadmap towards affordable housing policies in the EU". UEPC believes that the provision of affordable houses is a necessary component of sustainable housing policies.

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UEPC submits Position Paper on EIAD to Member States (October 2013)

In view of the trilogue negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council, UEPC sent its position paper to the EU Member States. UEPC seeks to introduce more flexibility and in particular more flexible timeframes for the screening procedure. In particular, regarding the screening procedure for small projects, UEPC considers that it is not necessary to have a screening procedure when it would concern projects that are the implementation of plans and programs which determine the use of small areas at local level and minor modifications to plans and programs.

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UEPC suggests Amendment on the High-Speed Broadband Regulation Proposal (September 2013)

UEPC proposed to the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee’s Rapporteur and Shadow Rapporteurs an amendment which aimed at the establishment of a transitional period - to allow developers to adapt to the new regime in view of the additional costs which would otherwise be incurred – in relation to the Commission proposal for a regulation on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks.

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UEPC submits Position Paper on Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Directive Report in advance of the ENVI Committee vote (June 2013)

In view of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee vote on 11 July, UEPC submitted its position paper on the draft EIAD report by Mr Zanoni. UEPC supports the amendments aiming at reducing administrative burden on developers; achieving an appropriate timeframe for the approval of projects; ensuring the use of qualified and independent experts; limiting the amount of information to be provided; simplifying processes for administrative decisions; limiting the presentation of alternatives to the project concerned; and enhancing flexibility with regard to conditions for development consent.

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UEPC suggests amendments on Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Directive Report (May 2013)

UEPC takes a close interest in the EP’s discussions on the draft Report by Mr Zanoni on the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. UEPC drafted a position paper and suggested amendments that were sent to the Rapporteur and Shadow Rapporteurs. UEPC is pleased to note from the draft report that the Rapporteur has already tabled amendments to take on board some of UEPC’s concerns, however there are still issues that remain problematic.

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UEPC Comments on Draft Social Housing Report and Amendments (March 2013)

In view of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee debate on the draft report on Social Housing in the EU, UEPC has submitted its position paper to the Rapporteur, Karima Delli (Greens/France) and Shadow Rapporteurs. While welcoming amendments which seek to introduce references to ‘affordable’ as well as ‘social’ housing, to improve the text in relation to property bubbles and to reflect the rules on Services of General Economic Interest, UEPC has significant concerns regarding a number of other amendments which could lead to a distortion of competition in the field of housing provision by both the public and private sectors and/or go beyond the EU’s competence in housing policy.

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UEPC and UIPI suggest amendments to the draft Social Housing in Europe Report (February 2013)

UEPC and UIPI suggested amendments to the draft social housing in Europe report of Karima Delli (Greens/France). They recognised the importance of social housing in Europe as well as the necessary coexistence and harmonious balance between the private and public housing stock to shelter the EU population. Therefore, they consider that this draft report on average correctly addresses the needs for decent and affordable housing for all. However, it appears that some affirmations and considerations within this report need to be completed and reframed.

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UEPC Declaration on State Aid related to ‘Social Housing’ (May 2012)

UEPC declares that European state aid authorities must continue and enhance their crucial role, ensuring that state aid energises all market actors to compete in increasing the affordable quality housing stock. Any contribution from public finance should be based on clear, transparent criteria, should not distort competition and should take into account the interests of consumers.

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UEPC Roadmap towards Affordable Housing Policies in the EU (May 2012)

UEPC believes that sustainable housing policies are essential components of every democratic social welfare state in the EU. They have to be based on social, environmental and economic pillars. The UEPC Roadmap illustrates the core values of UEPC’s work and activities at EU level.

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