In the first in a series of interviews with European policymakers on homelessness, FEANTSA has collaborated with the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) as part of the FEANTSA Campaign: Be Fair, Europe - Stand up for Homeless People. This campaign calls on the European Union to boost efforts to end homelessness.
This first instalment is the result of conversations with Commissioner Corina Cre?u, whose work revolves around EU regional policy and the urban agenda, and Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, who is responsible for employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility.
“In the European Union there are around 900,000 homeless people that seek shelter every night. Just over 4 million people in the EU are at risk of being exposed to homelessness each year for a shorter or longer period of time. Homelessness has increased in recent years in fifteen Member States, and only decreased in Finland. This is a serious problem we cannot neglect.” - Marianne Thyssen.