Ajaccio (France) – Build Europe successfully organised the first ever hybrid congress in the association’s history on 2 and 3 September 2021. Build Europe members attended the meetings both physically and virtually, and were able to discuss and exchange information, views and opinions on the current European challenges facing the housing sector, thanks to an innovative organisation that allows for face-to-face interaction between all participants.
Build Europe and its members will now continue their work to inform the European institutions and ensure that crucial European policies – such as the No Net Land Take by 2050 target, the European Taxonomy and the Fit for 55 package – will not lead to a further worsening of the current affordable housing crisis.
The Hybrid Congress also allowed Build Europe to welcome two new observer members, the Associação Portuguesa de Promotores e Investidores Imobiliários (APPII) and the Syndicat des Promoteurs Immobiliers de la Principauté de Monaco. In addition, our members have welcomed the Chambre Immobilière du Grand-Duché du Luxembourg as a Full Member of the association as of 3 September 2021.
Following contacts made by the Build Europe Secretariat, the Syndicat des Promoteurs Immobiliers de la Principauté de Monaco and the Associação Portuguesa de Promotores e Investidores Imobiliários have expressed their interest in joining the association in order to strengthen its mission and consolidate cooperation between members, exchange best practices and develop common solutions to the housing crisis.
Marc Pigeon, President of Build Europe, said: “This is an unprecedented time for our society and indeed for developers, planners and homebuilders across Europe. It is a period in which residential construction has not only shown its resilience but also that it is a pillar of the European economy. New challenges, particularly environmental ones, need to be met to accompany the Green Deal policy. We believe that this is the moment to show our capacity to innovate but also to come together to remind ourselves that these innovations and the multiple regulations, which we are all subject to, have a cost which will still penalise the millions of households who wish to access decent and affordable housing. This policy must therefore be accompanied by adequate funding”.
Filiep Loosveldt, Chief Executive Officer of Build Europe, added: “We are pleased to welcome the Portuguese and Monegasque federations, and we are also extremely proud that the Chambre Immobilière du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg has decided to become a Full Member. Build Europe is proud to have organised a successful, dynamic and innovative Congress, and we look forward to continuing to discuss with all members how to improve the exchange of best practice and develop common solutions to the housing crisis”.