Dr. Elga Molina Roig participated in the round table on the reform of the Law of urban leases delivered in the Conference about housing organized on November 13 by the Barcelona Law Bar (Il.lustre Col.legi d’Advocats de Barcelona) and the Council of Barcelona (Ajuntament de Barcelona).
This year marks 5 years since the establishment of the UNESCO Housing Chair, and a celebration of this achievement took place on 12 December with all partners and researchers of the Chair. The event was attended by the Rector of the University Rovira i Virgili, Dr. Maria José Figueres, and we welcomed Fundación Mutua de Propietarios as a new partner of the Chair.
Dr. Héctor Simón attended the “Designing appropriate and affordable settlements” workshop, which was organized by the Center of Development Studies and Department of Land Economics of the University of Cambridge on 3 and 4 December. Geoffrey Payne, an expert in urban development that has advised international organizations such as the World Bank or UN-Habitat, also took part in the Workshop, which involved preparing detailed development proposals for a specific site (in Ismailia, Egypt) which are socially acceptable, economically viable and ecologically sustainable.
Dr. Héctor Simón attended the annual meeting of the “Abusive Lending Practices” Project on November 22 and 23 2018, which is coordinated by Open Society Foundations. The convening took place in the city of Lisbon. This project combines strategic litigation, advocacy, empirical research, and legal empowerment to ensure that states protect the human rights of borrowers in possession cases.
On 23th November, Prof.Dr. Sergio Nasarre and the predoctoral researcher Gemma Caballé attended the 8th Conference of lawyers of the General Council of Real Estate Agents Bar (COAPI) that was held in Madrid. The researchers of the Chair were invited to explain the new challenges of the housing sector from a European perspective, as well as the new challenges of the profession of real estate brokerage in Spain.
On November 16th, the opening session of the technical table was held at the headquarters of the Department of Labor, Social Affairs and Families to achieve the adaptation of the Catalan legal system to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability approved by the Organization of the United Nations, on December 13, 2006, ratified by Spain and the European Union.
One of the researchers of the Housing Chair, Andrés Labella, has joined the work team, proposed at the request of the entities Cocemfe Catalunya and Dincat, with the aim of focusing on private law, especially on issues related to the right to independent life and in the community included in article 19 of the Convention and on all aspects related to housing and protection measures, both personal and physical.
In this sense, the main goal will be to offer proposals so that the new ordinance suppresses the outdated terminology and modifies the articles that cause discrimination. As regards the material content of the right to independent life, the implementation into the new civil legislation of the basic elements for the configuration of community environments as a support network so as to fight against social isolation and to boost balance of family life and work, from a gender perspective and sustainability of cities and communities, will be proposed.
Dr. Héctor Simón attended the First Meeting of the Leonardo Network, which brings together those researchers from the different scientific areas who have been awarded a Leonardo grant in the last five years. Dr. Simón was awarded a grant in 2015 to study “The improvement of the reverse mortgage from the European and North American perspective”. The constitution of this network, at the initiative of the BBVA Foundation, aims to give visibility to the research undertaken by the researchers. More information is available on the website https://www.redleonardo.es.
Drs. Sergio Nasarre and Jan Gonzalo and Mr. Isidre Monreal participated on November 9th in the IV Seminar of Housing of the Consell Insular de Menorca, presenting the reality of housing in Spain today, as well as a preview of the documentary “El Umbral “and of the simulation experience “The Threshold”. The Seminar showed the special difficult situation in which there is access to housing on the island and, in general, in the Balearic Islands, as well as the reality of evictions, especially rental.
Dr. Héctor Simón took part as a speaker in the “EU Economic Governance and the Charter of Fundamental Rights” Workshop with the topic foreclosures and so-called non-performing loans. The Workshop took place on Friday, October 26th, at the headquarters of Open Society foundations in Brussels, in the framework of a project that aims to analyze the way in which the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union can influence the ordinary functioning of European institutions, like the European Central Bank.
Prof. Sergio Nasarre has participated in the biannual meeting of the Coordination Committee of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR), the largest network of housing researchers in Europe. The meeting took place in Athens on October 26 and 27, 2018. At the meeting, Prof. Nasarre presented the first proposal of new statutes of the international organization and discussed the details of the international congress to be held in that city in August 2019.