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.
On the 16th of October, took place the 14th Interdisciplinary Workshop: expropriations, insurance and human rights. Professor Cristina Argelich of the University of Cádiz participated with the presentation “Defects without virtues of the expropriation system of the Autonomous Community: some lessons from England and Wales; Mr. Àlex Mestre, President of the Catalan Council of Chartered Insurance Professionals with the presentation “The banking-insurance operator in home insurance”; and Professor Héctor Simón Moreno of the URV with the presentation “The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the constitutionalization of private law: a new way to protect the right to housing?”.
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, September 28th, in Galway, Ireland, 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. Dr. Simón also delivered a lecture on the systems of property law in Europe within the Master of International Commercial Property Law, organised by the National University of Ireland, Galway.
The UNESCO Housing Chair has organized a training session on urban leases for the Professional Association of Tax Technicians of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands (delegation of Tarragona), on 20 September 2018. Several researchers from the Housing Chair have taken part in the seminar (Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre, Dr. Frederic Adan, Dr. Rosa Maria Garcia and Dr. Elga Molina), in which the civil and procedural aspects of urban leases have been addressed.
Researchers of the UNESCO Housing Chair, Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre and Núria Lambea, attended and participated in the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) International Conference 2018, held in Uppsala from the 26th to the 29th of June. This year’s theme was “More together, more apart: Migration, densification, segregation”. The researchers presented papers on “Legal causes for the situation of disrepair and lack of universal accessibility of the Spanish condominiums after ten years of crisis” and on “Social housing tenures in Spain: does more vulnerability imply less stability?”, respectively.
During the ENHR conference, five Coordination Committee members were elected and installed on a four-year term, being Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre one of them and, thus, renewing a position that he has been holding since 2014.
The 4th Edition of the Summer Course of the UNESCO Housing Chair of the University Rovira i Virgili took place in the city of Valls, Tarragona (Old Convent of Carmen), last June 15th. Researchers from the Chair, visiting researchers, such as Dr. Padraic Kenna or Dr. Brano Glumac, and representatives from both the Chair’s partners and the Valls City Council, which actively collaborated in its organization, took part in the Course, which dealt with topics related to collaborative housing and the urban environment, such as housing and blockchain, cohousing, condo-hotels and urban regeneration. It was presented the book series on housing (“Derecho de la Vivienda”), published by the prestigious Spanish publisher Tirant lo Blanch in collaboration with the UNESCO Housing Chair. The first two volumes of the series are already available, which deal with housing tenures and reverse mortgages (http://www.tirant.com/editorial/colecciones/derecho-de-la-vivienda).