The affordability of housing in Europe was already a matter of concern before the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020 and has now reached crisis proportions, campaigners say.
In this special report, EURACTIV looks at issues which have come to light during the pandemic, such as rising property prices as well as growing poverty and homelessness.
The pandemic heightened many housing policy issues such as homelessness and affordability. Although cities and states implemented some measures to protect tenants, experts say it is time Europe develops some long term solutions.
The European Union must ensure that nobody is evicted when houses or apartments undergo major renovations, says Barbara Steenbergen. Moreover, rent increases if they occur, must be fully balanced by energy savings, she argues.
Bosnian homeowners look at their apartment block being renovated after weeks of hard work, and being able to find financing and community consensus around the renovation. Through projects like REELIH, all stakeholders are involved in the promotion, creation, financing and direct implementation of energy efficiency projects.