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

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...
Resisting Evictions Across Europe

Resisting Evictions Across Europe

We are excited about the launch of this collective work done by different groups and activists on evictions across Europe. In order to achieve this we are carving out a space for militant research in housing, for the critiques, targets and skills of movements to be communicated. evictions are phenomena that all our groups deal with in some form, encapsulating the brutality of property rights, while necessitating an activist response that is both forceful and caring. As the point at which landl...
Netherlands: Camelot is using people in need of housing as ‘real estate pawns’ and as ‘out-sourced dwellers’ that only serve to facilitate speculation

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...
EVICTION ACROSS EUROPE

EVICTION ACROSS EUROPE

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...
TRIAL AND PUNISHMENT: THE ROLE OF INTERNATIONAL BANKS IN THE SPANISH MORTGAGE FRAUD SCANDAL.

TRIAL AND PUNISHMENT: THE ROLE OF INTERNATIONAL BANKS IN THE SPANISH MORTGAGE FRAUD SCANDAL.

Since the housing market bubble burst in 2008 with devastating impacts on poor people and families in many countries, the struggle of the mortgage fraud victims in Spain has materialized against entities that perpetrated a fraud within the financial system that was approved and supported by several State agencies.   As in other countries, millions of families and individuals in Spain are affected by the crisis. Hundreds of thousands have already lost their homes due to illegal foreclosure...
7/12 March - Week of mobilitation in Grenoble - EACRHC

7/12 March - Week of mobilitation in Grenoble - EACRHC

ENGLISH As the European coalition for action on the right to housing and to the city, we were invited to take part in the mobilisations organized on the social reality of Grenoble, in response to the Biennale on Transition organized by the municipality and the GEM (Grenoble School of Management). With this Biennial, the institutions would have liked to tell the evolution of this city in a vision that exclusively keeps its economic and financial growth, suggesting as necessary the urban transfo...