Representation i Sverige

Affordable housing – can Sweden learn from other EU countries?

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  • To what extent is a lack of affordable housing currently a problem in Sweden?
  • What could public policy and the construction sector do to remedy the situation?
  • Which experiences from Austria and Denmark are relevant for the Swedish context?
Datum: 
23/10/2018 - 13:00 - 16:30

Seminar Tuesday 23 October:

The European Commission's assessment of the Swedish housing market puts a particular emphasis on macroeconomic imbalances linked to elevated house prices and the related rise in household debt. In that context, the Commission also identifies issues regarding the rental housing market. Rents are in part driven by construction costs, which due to rigidities and limited competition are among the highest in the EU. More importantly, the rent-setting system is largely favourable for 'insiders', while 'outsiders' – including students, recent immigrants and younger households – find great difficulty accessing affordable rental housing. The rental system leads to long waiting lists as below-market rents combined with high land prices favour the construction of, and conversion to, owner-occupancy housing. The tight rental regulations combined with a severe shortage of affordable rental housing can exacerbate inequality and social problems. This particularly affects lower-income households who cannot afford to buy their own home and for whom access to affordable, entry-level rental housing is thus especially important.

To discuss the issue of how to provide an adequate supply of housing for people with limited means, the seminar brings together Swedish experts and relevant representatives from Austria and Denmark. Issues which the discussions could usefully address include:

  • To what extent is a lack of affordable housing currently a problem in Sweden?
  • What could public policy and the construction sector do to remedy the situation?
  • Which experiences from Austria and Denmark are relevant for the Swedish context?

Draft Programme

13.00 – 13.15: Welcome and introduction

Welcome: Annika Korzinek, Deputy Head of European Commission Representation in Sweden

Introductory presentation: Hanna Aspegren, European Commission

/sweden/file/presentation-hanna-aspegren_svPresentation Hanna Aspegren

13.15-14.30: Session 1:

The issue of affordable housing in Sweden

Moderator:Jens Matthiessen, European Commission Representation in Sweden

Panel:

  • Hans Lind, Royal Institute of Technology
  • Bengt Hansson, National Board of Housing, Building and Planning
  • Susanna Höglund, Swedish Association of Public Housing Companies (SABO)

Coffee: 14.30-15.00

Session 2: 15.00-16.30:

Experiences from other EU Member States: can Sweden learn from Austria and Denmark?

Moderator: Jens Matthiessen, European Commission Representation in Sweden

Panel:

  • Susanne Bauer, European Affairs Department, City of Vienna
  • Torben Liborius, Director, Danish Construction Association
  • Jan-Ove Östbrink, Senior Advisor, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions
  • Hans Lind, Royal Institute of Technology

16.30. End of seminar

The seminar will be held in English.

Date:                 Tuesday 23 October

Time:                13.00-16.30 (sandwich lunch served from 12.00)

Venue:              Europahuset, Regeringsgatan 65, 2nd floor, Stockholm

Registration:    https://europa.eu/!ww84tf

A livestream will be available here: https://www.facebook.com/EUkommissionen