UEPC comments on the revision of the VAT Directive (July 2018)
The European Union of House Builders and Developers (‘UEPC’) takes a close interest in discussions in the European Parliament’s ECON Committee on MEP Szanyi’s draft report on the proposal amending the Directive 2006/112/EC concerning rates of value added tax (‘VAT Directive’). UEPC would like to offer its views on the main topics in the light of the discussions underway in the run up to the vote. UEPC supports the overall approach of the European Commission to give more flexibility to Member States to define their own VAT rates.
UEPC comments on the revision of the VAT Directive (March 2018)
The European Union of Developers and House Builders (‘UEPC’) would like to share its comments on the European Commission’s proposal amending Directive 2006/112/EC as regards rates of value added tax (‘VAT Directive’), published on 18 January 2018. The UEPC welcomes the new approach adopted by the European Commission, which marks a clear break with the past and provides for greater autonomy at the Member State level to determine the application of VAT rates; including for any super reduced rates (lower than 5%). The UEPC would argue that this new approach paves the way for the creation of a mutually supportive common framework for all Member States to adhere to equally when applying VAT rates to goods and services.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.