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Live Webinar: Housing is for all

A web talk on how Greens across Europe are tackling homelessness. Register here!

From Budapest to Barcelona, Greens in local and national government have been working to find long-term solutions to the growing homelessness crisis, often drawing inspiration from pioneering policies from around the world, such as housing first, and calling for a shift in understanding and response measures.

The COVID pandemic has made this challenge even greater and increased the housing precarity of many. On 21 June, EU leaders along with ministers, and many stakeholders, will meet in Lisbon to commit to EU collaboration on homelessness and to work towards ending homelessness in the EU by 2030. Ahead of this, we talk to some Green housing experts and city mayors, to hear what actions are working on the ground, and how further EU cooperation could help scale up efforts to meet the challenges ahead.

Greens/EFA MEPs Kim van Sparrentak, Sara Matthieu, and Ciaran Cuffe will be joined by:

  • Irish Green Party Housing spokesperson, MP Francis Noel Duffy

  • Housing alderwoman of Leuven, Lies Corneillie

  • Barcelona City Councillor, Laura Perez Castaño

  • Senior Policy Advisor at the municipality of Budapest, Bálint Misetics

 Spanish and English interpretation will be provided. 



Intro: Greens/EFA MEP Kim van Sparrentak (5 mins)

Local government approaches in the cities of Barcelona and Leuven (15 mins)
Greens/EFA MEP Sara Matthieu talks with Leuven Housing Alderwoman Lies Corneillie, and Barcelona City Councillor, Laura Perez Castaño

Participative initiatives from the Budapest municipality (15 mins)
Greens/EFA MEP Kim van Sparrentak talks with Senior Policy Advisor at the Municipality of Budapest, Bálint Misetics

The situation in Ireland (15 mins)
Greens/EFA MEP Ciaran Cuffe talks with Irish Greens Housing Spokesperson Francis Noel Duffy

Wrap up: Greens/EFA MEP Kim van Sparrentak (5 mins)





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