Strategies and policies

EU countries' common principles and strategies for urban policy are set out in the Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities, including reference to affordable and sustainable housing, and to social housing.

Within the partnership of the Urban Agenda for the EU on housing, the EU countries and cities,  the European Commission  and stakeholders work together to foster affordable housing of good quality.  Measures have been put forward in the areas of  state aid for housing, finance and funding, general housing policies and knowledge.

Other documents

Toledo informal ministerial meeting on urban development - Declaration (2010)

Cities of Tomorrow (2011)

Social investment package (2013)

Resource efficiency opportunities in the building sector (2014)

Urban data and studies

Land-Use-based Integrated Sustainability Assessment modelling platform (LUISA)

Eurostat: Housing price statistics

Eurostat: European city statistics and degree of urbanisation

Open data portal for ESI

Funding opportunities and advice

Programmes and funding opportunities

European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

European Energy Efficiency Fund

European Investment Project Portal

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)

Horizon 2020

URBACT

Joint programming initiative urban Europe

Interreg Europe

Advice and technical assistance

European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA)

European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH)

Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (JASPERS) 

fi-Compass

References

Beginner's Guide to EU Funding

Accessing regional-policy funds

Networking

 

Project examples

EU Results

LIFE Project database

REGIO project database

URBACT

Restoring buildings and citizen participation with URBACT

URBACT II

CASH (2009-2012)
The network reduced the energy consumption of buildings and in buildings. It looked for new solutions to renovate social and affordable housing units, in order to improve their energy efficiency (EE) and to influence users' behaviour through citizens' involvement.

RE-Block (2012-2015)
The network fostered efficient regeneration of neigbourhoods, making them more attractive and improving their environmental quality, whilst creating an integrated tailor-made approach to combat poverty.

SUITE (2008-2011)
The network cooperated among partners to optimise a sustainable and affordable supply of housing and to assure social cohesion through social mix and sustainable housing. 

Horizon 2020

STORM
STORM proposes a set of novel predictive models and improved non-invasive and non-destructive methods of survey and diagnosis for effective prediction of environmental changes and for revealing threats and conditions that could damage cultural heritage sites.

EU legislation

Main laws

Directive on the energy performance of buildings

Directive on the common system of value added tax

Decision on the application of Article 106(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to State aid in the form of public service compensation granted to certain undertakings entrusted with the operation of services of general economic interest

Regulation declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the internal market in application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty Text with EEA relevance