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This project, funded by Open Society Initiative for Europe, seeks to enable citizens, NGOs and social movements to ensure institutional respect for human rights and democracy through the promotion of housing rights. The project will develop a range of accessible materials on the nature and extent of housing rights – and especially how these are reflected in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (EUCFR), the roles and functions of the EU economic institutions, and how the EUCFR can be effectively integrated into this developing architecture of EU economic governance. Of course, the European Union new Deal for Consumers and consumer protection measures of provide a developing fundamental principle.

Housing rights norms are established across Europe, derived from international human rights law, Council of Europe and European Union instruments, and in the law and policy of national Member States. Today, many people depend on mortgages as a means of accessing housing, especially where the supply of private or social rented housing is inadequate or unaffordable. The main mortgage lenders across Europe are now directly supervised by the European Central Bank (ECB), and the European Banking Authority (EBA) also plays a key supervisory role.

The project is managed by Padraic Kenna (Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy (CHLRP) NUI Galway

FEANTSA Policy Officer, Maria Jose Aldanas, has so far presented on The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in Galway at the end of September and she will present on housing need and homelessness across the EU on 26 October in Brussels. 

If you would like more information, please contact Maria Jose Aldanas.