British Members of Parliament guest at EFL member “1892″ housing association Berlin
In April 2013, an eight-member parliamentary group visited Berlin. Reason for the trip was the strongly changing housing market in the UK and their interest in how it works in Germany.
In addition to discussions with the Berlin Senator for Housing, the delegation had a two hour visit to the Berlin housing association “1892” on the program. Here, visitors could not only visit a modernized old residential building, but CEO Dirk Lönnecker informed the guests about the principles of housing cooperatives and answered the questions raised during the discussion with the parliamentarians about the social housing rent index (“Mietspiegel”) up to the theme “Rights of Landlords.
EFL & Havensteder host 2 days study visit largest German housing companies
On May 6 and 7, EFL and housing association Havensteder (Rotterdam) host a two day study visit of the largest housing companies from Germany. About 80 directors and staff members will visit Amsterdam (May 6th ) and Rotterdam (May 7th). In Amsterdam the group will be welcomed by the alderman of Housing, Mr. Freek Ossel. The German group will be introduced to the Dutch housing system and recent changes in housing policy by Prof. Dr. Vincent Gruis of the Delft University of Technology. During a seminar on monday May 6, directors and practioners of Dutch housing associations Eigen Haard, De Woonplaats, Ymere and De Alliantie will show the german participants how the housing associations improve the neigborhoods.
The second day of the visit is organized in Rotterdam. Housing association Havensteder (EFL member) takes the guests to urban restructuring areas in Rotterdam south (Garden CityVreewijk), Rotterdam north (Het oude Noorden) and the harbour district “Kop van Zuid”. In the morning a discussion with representatives of the City of Rotterdam takes place.
Dr. Klein & Co enters EFL
The German/ Dutch financial broker Dr Klein &Co AG , based in Berlin, recently entered the European Federation for Living. The company is focused on supporting the german housing industry (social and private) by offering consultancy as well as brokery services for financial structuring and portfolio management solutions. In the Netherlands their subsidiary Hypoport BV is market leader in master servicing and reporting for securitization transactions. Options for further internalization are being examined and form part of the reasons to become associate of EFL.
The company can play a significant role in providing financing expertise within the EFL organisation and support initiatives of several EFL members to create a (joint) European housing portfolio.
Delft University of Technology new EFL Associate
The Delft University of Technology, the Department Research Institute for the Built Environment, recently joined the European Federation for Living (EFL) as first scientific partner. The cooperation will include supporting the EFL members with research related to European funding programs, housing management, energy savings and workshops with the members.
TheDelft University of Technology is the leading technological institute in The Netherlands. The contract between the University and EFL has been signed by Prof. Peter Boelhouwer and Prof. Henk Visscher for the the TU Delft and Arne Myckert (chairman) and Joost Nieuwenhuijzen (managing director) for EFL.