The Italian Social Housing model at the gates of Europe

The growing housing emergency, and the need to work out appropriate solutions to address it, will be the focus of the Event - “Towards a sustainable and affordable Housing market in Europe: what to learn from the Italian model?” - to be held in Brussels on the 27th of June. The event will take place at the European Parliament and will be hosted by Vice-President David-Maria Sassoli, Patrizia Toia - Vice-Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and Brando Benifei - Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. On that occasion, Fondazione Cariplo will present the Italian Social Housing experience - a model successfully started in the Lombardy region, then implemented countrywide, that could inspire future EU policies and the development of sustainable solutions to housing needs in Europe.

With over 120 million people in the European Union at risk of poverty and social exclusion, almost 18 million in Italy, the need for affordable housing is higher than ever. But how can we meet the growing demand in the current context of financial markets and diminishing state-sponsored housing funds?

Since 2004 Fondazione Cariplo has entrusted Fondazione Housing Sociale (FHS) with the development of effective and sustainable solutions to housing needs. The first Real Estate Ethical Fund, launched by FHS and successfully implemented in the Lombardy Region, formed the basis for the Integrated Funds System, introduced by the national Housing Plan in 2009.

The Event will provide a meaningful opportunity to debate and share with the European Institutions the Italian Social Housing experience and the process that led to the establishment of the national fund of funds. With an AUM of €2 billion, the “Fondo Investimenti per l’Abitare” is now one of the largest impact investment programmes worldwide.

In addition to the three Members of the European Parliament hosting the event, a distinguished panel of speakers will contribute to the discussions: Giuseppe Guzzetti, President of Fondazione Cariplo; Sergio Urbani, Director General of Fondazione Cariplo; Marco Gerevini, Managing Director of Fondazione Housing Sociale; Benjamin Angel, Director Treasury and financial operations, DG ECFIN, European Commission; Niall Bohan, Head of Unit Capital Markets Union, DG Fisma, European Commission; Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General of Housing Europe; Silvia Ganzerla, Policy Director, Eurocities; Flavia Micilotta, Executive Director, Eurosif; Marco Sangiorgio, General Manager, CDP Investimenti Sgr; Romolo Isaia, Head of Unit Public Sector and Regulated Operations, European Investment Bank; Francesco Foti, Direttore Vicario, U.O. Programmazione Politiche abitative, Lombardy Region; Mario Vanni, Chief of Mayor’s Cabinet Municipality of Milan; Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive Officer, European Policy Centre. Moderator: Francesco Bicciato, Member of the Board, Eurosif.

The event will take place at the European Parliament - Room ASP3G2 - on June 27th.


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