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EU Structural funds 2007 – 2013: Housing eligible to the ERDF

In the past decades, housing has not been part of EU policies and accordingly was excluded from the funding regime of the structural funds. After EU accession of the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries this situation needed to be reconsidered due to the severe problems the post-communist countries face in their housing sector. Consequently, already in summer 2004 negotiations between representatives of these countries and the EU Commission started.

The discussions continued for about two years and resulted in housing being eligible to the ERDF in the new structural fund period but in the new Member States (EU12) only. According to EC Regulation No 1080/2006 expenditure on housing “shall be eligible only for those Member States that acceded the EU on or after 1 May 2004 The expenditure shall be: “…programmed within the framework of an integrated urban development operation or priority axis for areas experiencing or threatened by physical deterioration and social exclusion” and “limited to multi-family housing, or buildings owned by public authorities or non-profit operators for use as housing designated for households or people with special needs.

In order to use the structural funds in the housing stock of the new Member States the countries now need to absorb the financial means available. The first step was their allocation in the national Operational Programmes (OPs). Afterwards the countries need to develop innovative financial programmes for the effective use of these means. It seems that this is rather difficult for the countries and so far the planned use of structural funds for housing in the countries is rather limited.

Further information on the planned energy efficiency measures in the housing sector in the BEEN partner countries and the respective allocation of funds in the national OPs will be published here soon.

Please find below interesting links or documents related to this topic:

A policy article by Iván Tosics “Negotiating with the Commission: the debates on the ‘housing element’ of the Structural Funds” (76,5 KB)

A “Guide to housing projects within the Cohesion Policy of the European Union” (2,6 MB) published by CECODHAS


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News and Updates

June 2011
The BEENetwork Newsletter is available for downloading.

June 2011
The BEENetwork Flyer is available in English and German language.

May 2011
Residents will get additional support for refurbishment of multifamily buildings in Lithuania. more

April 2011
New European Energy Efficiency Facility to finance sustainable energy at the local and regional level. more

March 2011
On 8th March 2011, the European Commission published the new Energy Efficiency Plan (EEP). more

February 2011
State grants for the renovation of apartment buildings in Estonia. more



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