On the background of the Urban Agenda and what to expect from it without any change in EU policy?

The stakes of the discussion on the Urban Agenda were, in a simplified way: should the role and power of cities (and thus the money they can get) increase in EU policies? if their power increases, which EU institution should coordinate this process? In this process there was a contradiction between the European Commission (within that the DG Regio) and the Council. The EC typically supports cities and regions as opposed to the member states; while the Council is the forum of state...

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Netherlands: Camelot is using people in need of housing as ‘real estate pawns’ and as ‘out-sourced dwellers’ that only serve to facilitate speculation

Camelot Europe is an international vacant property management company, that started in the Netherlands. Their business is vacant property management services to provide real estate clients with a ‘cost effective, high quality and flexible solution’ to protect vacant properties against vandalism and such. Camelot provides these services in the UK, Ireland, Scotland, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium and is now attending Mipim 2014. Its ‘services’ to the real es...

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This text has been written by members of the European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and the City, through consultation with member groups on the different forms of eviction, the legislation that both governs and prevents them, and the initiatives organising against them. The European Coalition is composed of tenants' movements, those in inadequate housing, victims of eviction, trade unionists, those affected by debt, slum and self-built neighborhood dwellers, squatters...

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