Launch of the Fourth Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe

Friday 22 March 2019, Brussels

Launch : 14.30 - 17.30 (Accreditation from  14.00 - 14.30)

Reception & documentary screening: 19.00 - 22.00



The 2020 deadline is approaching for the European Union's cohesion policy, yet it’s objective – the fight against poverty and social exclusion by 2020 - remains unattainable. With this 4th report on homelessness and housing exclusion, FEANTSA and the Abbé Pierre Foundation ask: what is meant with "European cohesion” when another Europe, deprived of a home or even a shelter, is being left behind? This report explores the state of emergency housing in Europe, in order to attract the attention of all decision-making bodies in Europe on the overcrowding, precariousness and inadequacy our shelter systems are confronted with.


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14:30 – 14:50: Opening 

  •  Welcome by Séamus Bolan (European Economic and Social Committee representative)
  • Foreword by Freek Spinnewijn (FEANTSA)

14:50 – 15:45: Highlights from the report: “Fourth Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe 2019”

  • "Behind the statistics": video testimony on housing exclusion
  • Presentation by Chloé Serme-Morin (FEANTSA) & Sarah Coupechoux (Fondation Abbé Pierre)
  • Discussion with the room 

15h45-16h30: Panel discussion: What is needed for transitioning to a housing-led and prevention-based system of ending homelessness in Europe?   

  • Chair: Ruth Owen (Policy coordinator, FEANTSA)
  • Panelists:
    • Eoin O’Sullivan (Lead Editor, European Observatory on Homelessness)
    • Olga Martinez de Briones (Policy officer - DG Empl & Social Affairs, European Commission)
    • Jules van Dam (Stichting De Tussenvoorziening, The Netherlands)
    • Christine Vanhessen (Director, AMA – Belgian federation of homeless shelters, Belgium)
  • Discussion with the room

16:30 – 17:15: Roundtable: What if… housing exclusion was at the top of the European agenda for the coming years?

  •  Chair: Freek Spinnewijn (Director, FEANTSA)
  • Speakers:
    • Laurent Ghékière (Europe Head of Office, USH, France)
    • Jan Cornillie (candidate SP Flanders, Belgium)
    • Jean Lambert (MEP Greens, UK)
    • Guillaume Balas (MEP S&D, France)

17:15-17:30: Closing session 

  • Laurent Desmard (President, Fondation Abbé Pierre)

19:00 – 22:00 – Screening of the documentary “L’Abri” & drinks reception – Cinéma L’aventure, Rue des Fripiers 15, Bruxelles