Housing Europe Secretary General, Sorcha Edwards sends the end of year message to the Members and Partners on behalf of the Housing Europe team in Brussels.
The highlight of the year 2018 was the celebration of 30 years since our establishment together with EKYL in Estonia last June.
The Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations
wishes to all its members, partners and friends
an enjoyable holiday season!
A professional standard is a document which describes professional activities and provides the competency requirements for professions and professional levels.
The professional standard of manager of multi-apartment association, level 4, has been developed in Estonia:
for the assessment of the professional competence of individuals
as the basis for the refresher training curricula.
The manager of multi-apartment association in Estonia works in an apartment association, building association (hereinafter “association”) or in an apartment building management company. His/her duties include the management of the association and sustainable and systematic planning and organisation of apartment building management. In his/her work, he/she is guided by the will of apartment owners, paying great attention to communication management within the association. An apartment manager works and makes decisions independently. In the case of decisions and questions that require know-how, he/she consults with specialists in the field.
The performance indicators
Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations
November 12, 2018
Within the framework of Estonian development cooperation project “Support to Housing Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, started in August 2018, the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations (EKYL) will develop a new training program for managers of housing cooperatives in Ukraine. The project will be implemented in cooperation with partners in Ukraine: “Expert Interbranch Association of Ukraine” ja “State Fund for Support of Youth Housing Construction”. The project is financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the funds of development cooperation and humanitarian aid.
Our Planet, our Cities, our Homes
Following the inaugural edition hosted by the city of Amsterdam and the international housing scene with 1,300 participants attending 45 events over 9 days, the International Social Housing Festival will be traveling to Lyon in summer 2019 to build upon this success. Making the link between the homes we live in, the cities we inhabit and the overall quality of life for, the ISHF 2019 will aim through a series of diverse events on the one hand to highlight the importance of access to decent housing for all, while on the other hand to celebrate the long tradition of public, cooperative and social housing across the globe and recognise the need to adapt our systems to meet current and future housing challenges as the human and economic costs of neglect grows.
More than 300 housing experts and managers of apartment associations all over Estonia met in Tallinn last Tuesday, October 9th, to attend the 21th Forum of Apartment Associations organized by EKYL. These annual forums are the biggest and most recognized housing conferences in Estonia, covering the most urgent and relevant discussion topics on housing. The first Forum took place in 1998 and since then, the aim for EKYL has been to organize the Forums as a ground for housing discussions between different stakeholders – apartment associations, municipalities and state institutions in Estonia.
This year the topic of reconstruction grants for apartment associations was in focus. “According to current estimations, 250 million € are needed for reconstruction grants for apartment associations to support sustainability of the multi-apartment houses built before 1990s. EKYL appreciates that the voice of the
The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day.
The theme for World Habitat Day 1 October 2018 is Municipal Solid Waste Management.
The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.
Read more about the World Habitat Day.
More information about this year’s World Habitat Day celebrations is available here.
New cooperation project “Support to Housing Sector Reforms in Ukraine” started in August 2018 with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia.
The goal of the project is to support the preparation and implementation of housing sector reforms in Ukraine in 2018-2020. The Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations and project partners in Ukraine – State Specialised Financial Institution “State Fund for Support of Youth Housing Construction” and PU “Expert Interbranch Association of Ukraine” – develop in cooperation with UNECE housing experts a new professional standard for managers of apartment buildings; organize vocational training for apartment building managers and municipalities’ residential housing officials; and analyze Ukraine’s current and on preparation housing legislation.
The Geneva UN Charter Centre in Estonia was established in 2016 in Estonia in cooperation with UNECE and the Estonian
The annual agenda-setting event around affordable housing in Europe
June 7, 2018
This summer Housing Europe, the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing and EKYL- Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations took a digital look in the future of our cities. In a country that serves as a role model for e-governance the annual agenda-setting event around affordable housing in Europe brought together more than 150 representatives of housing associations across Europe, policymakers and the civil society in an exchange that generates evidence-based policy suggestions.
The event marked one hundred years of the Republic of Estonia and the 30-year anniversary of Housing Europe.
Watch the trailer Housing Europe goes to Tallinn.
Conference “Sustainable Cities: New Challenges and Opportunitites for the Municipalities” took place in Sofia, Bulgaria this week. Habitat for Humanity organized the international conference to address aspects of the contemporary cities’ sustainable development in the context of the growing urbanization and the environmental problems of the modern urban areas. The forum provided a venue for discussion of better planning and management of the cities and present examples of good practices and innovations. The cross-cutting theme was the role of the local authorities in the sustainable development of cities and communities.
Chairman of the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations, Andres Jaadla, shared in his speech the experiences of the Union with training program development for housing managers, especially the work of the UN Charter Center in Tallinn and introduced some
Estonian Film Museum, Maarjamäe Palace, Tallinn, 7 June 2018
This summer Housing Europe, the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing and EKYL- Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations take a digital look in the future of our cities. In a country that serves as a role model for e-governance the annual agenda-setting event around affordable housing in Europe will bring together more than 150 representatives of housing associations across Europe, policymakers and the civil society in an exchange that generates evidence-based policy suggestions. The effects of the digital age become more and more visible in the cities we live in and will play a shaping role in their future. The question of data, smart city ideas or evolving collaborative governance models are just some aspects of this bigger trend unfolding. Within this context, housing is
Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations (EKYL)
16 January, 2018
Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations received high international recognition at the Energy Globe Awards ceremony in Tehran
2000 projects from 178 countries were submitted for the Energy Globe Award 2017, which shows a global importance of the environmental activity and sustainable solutions for every problem in our world.
EKYL received Energy Globe National Award with project “Energy consumers awareness”. The project provides people in apartment blocks with energy efficient techniques and knowledge and aims to reduce their carbon footprint by the use of these systems. The target group were consumers in multi-occupancy apartment blocks. Almost 6,000 consumers/representatives of apartment associations participated in trainings targeted to energy efficiency and energy saving.
“It is a great honor for EKYL to receive this award and recognition, as
EKYL had the pleasure to welcome Gulnara Roll, Head of UNECE Housing and Land Management Unit last Friday, January 5th 2018. During the meeting new cooperation plans for 2018 were discussed, including activities in the framework of 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia as well as ideas for new training programs.
The Geneva UN Charter Centre in Estonia was established in 2016 in Estonia in cooperation with the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations (EKYL). EKYL specializes in the development and organisation of training programs on housing management for local housing management associations in Estonia and in countries with economies-in-transition. Read more: http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/hlm/charter/Geneva_UN_Charter_Centres_brochure.pdf
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!
The Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations
wishes to all its members, partners and friends
an enjoyable holiday season!
We are looking forward to cooperating with all of you again in 2018!
EKYL was happy to welcome a delegation from Armenia for the study tour from 10.12.17 to 16.12.17 on legislative and energy efficient retrofitting aspects of the multi-apartment buildings management sector in Estonia. The delegation with 10 members consisted of state officials from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of the Republic of Armenia; the State Urban Development Committee adjunct to Government of the Republic of Armenia and officials from Yerevan Municipality. The visit was supported by the United Nations Development Programme.
The program prepared for the delegation by EKYL included lectures on the housing reforms and developments, legal aspects on cooperative housing in Estonia and strandards for real estate management and maintenance. Visits were organized to the Ministry of Justice of Estonia, the Ministry
The 2017 edition of the ‘State of Housing in the EU’ provides proof that Europe’s housing challenge is far from over:
Housing has become the highest expenditure for Europeans and overburden rate remains stable at high level, hitting disproportionally harder the poor.
House prices are growing faster than income in most Member States, while inequality and housing exclusion are mutually reinforcing.
Territorial divide is alarming, as finding adequate and affordable housing in places where job opportunities are, is increasingly hard.
As the level of housing construction is still low, especially major cities face a structural housing shortage reinforced by recent waves of migration.
By Housing Europe
The 9th Baltic Housing Conference took place on September 14, 2017 in Rakvere, Estonia providing space for discussions on best practice in the EU for improving the living environment.
The focus points of the event that has become a point of reference on housing issues in the Baltic region were energy efficiency of apartment buildings, experience of residential areas in different countries, plans of residential organizations and proposals for further housing management.
Read from Housing Europe News
The 9th Baltic Housing Conference takes place in September 14, 2017 and provides space for discussions on best practice in the EU for improving the living environment. It will introduce Estonian experiences with energy-efficiency in multi-apartment buildings and aims to enhance cooperation between housing organisations from the EU, Ukraine and Belarus.
The event takes place under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference is organized by the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations in cooperation with HOUSING EUROPE – The Federation for Public, Cooperative and Social Housing.
If you can’t be in Rakvere today, join us via webstream
(starting 14.09 at 10:00 EEST): www.saundland.ee/live or www.saundland.ee/live2 (with interpretation)
Tallinn University of Technology
The future of ageing prefabricated concrete large-panel apartment buildings is widely debated in Estonia as well as in neighbouring countries. Recent studies about the current technical condition of these concrete apartment buildings show that the load-bearing structures are generally in a satisfactory condition (except some facades, balconies, awnings, barriers etc.). In total there are about 3000 apartment buildings composed of prefabricated reinforced concrete large-panels (built mostly between 1962 to 1990), from which only less than one-tenth are estimated to have been fully renovated.
Josh Crites, International Social Housing Festival 2017
Estonia is a good example for many Eastern European countries on how to build up a housing sector movement. Estonia privatized a large number of their dwellings after the fall of communism. A large number of less advantaged people are actually owners of their dwellings. They live in condominiums organized into housing associations. Almost 60% of the total population in Estonia belongs to such an association. “Social rental housing in Estonia currently represents only about 1% of the total housing stock in the country and the rental sector is small. About 96% of the dwelling stock is currently in private ownership.
The awarded project “Energy consumers awareness” provides people in apartment blocks with energy efficient techniques and knowledge and aims to reduce their carbon footprint by the use of these systems.
The range of the average energy costs in apartments exceeds the average performance of the developed industrial countries with the same climatic conditions by a factor of one third. As the privatization program started, it impacted on all aspects of the economy. The state owned properties and enterprises were all privatized in a very short period of time. Moving from socialism, state property and planned economy to liberalism, individual property and market economy, the necessary financial and legal tools had to be put in place such as a land registry and a mortgage financing system.
The Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations will host an international 9th Baltic Housing Conference „Sustainable Living Environment: Best Practices in Housing“ in Rakvere on September 14, 2017. By bringing together representatives of housing organisations from EU and EU development partnership countries, the conference will focus on efforts made by housing organisations towards achieving the EU 2030 energy efficiency target. The insights and analysis presented in this conference will provide input to the Conference Declaration on energy efficiency in housing.
On the following day, 15 September 2017, study visit will be held in Rakvere, introducing best local examples of improving energy-efficiency of buildings and reducing greehouse gas emissions.
2016 has been the final year of the multi-annual work programme that has been compiled by Housing Europe members and secretariat in 2012. The goals set within the programme as well as the overall Housing Europe vision were the compass that guided the organisation throughout a challenging year, the seventh in a row in the global financial crisis spiral.
Read: Housing Europe Yearbook 2016
As Brussels keeps benefiting from some halcyon days lately, Housing Europe has been active in many fronts, establishing new partnerships and strengthening existing ones. At the same time, getting ready for the various events in March that will push both the advocacy work and the skill set around energy to the next level.
Read more from the Housing Europe News.
Delegation from Russia – representatives from Moscow region, Tatarstan and Tver visited EKYL on October 11 and had a meeting with Andres Jaadla, chairman of EKYL. The delegation was interested in the developments of housing and apartment associations in Estonia.
More than 400 managers of apartment associations, local government officials and leaders from private sector gathered to Tallinn on October 4, where the XIX Housing Forum for Apartment Associations took place. The Forum is a traditional conference organised by EKYL, which raises the most relevant questions about housing and apartment associations in Estonia in its presentations and discussions. This year the Forum had a title “20 years of apartment associations’ movement – apartment association as an engine for housing development” and the event marked the highlight of the 20th anniversary year of EKYL.
The 2008 global financial and economic crisis underscored the vital role that stable and transparent housing markets play in a country’s economy. As a result of the crisis, some countries have experienced disturbing imbalances in their housing markets with foreclosures, homelessness, excess housing stock and a lack of affordable housing. There are more than 100 million people in the UNECE region currently spending more than 40% of their income on housing. Especially vulnerable to the current housing situation are young people with 48% of people aged 18-29 still living with their parents.
Albania, Estonia and the United Kingdom are announcing an initiative to tackle this problem with the creation of Geneva UN Charter Centres in Tirana, Tallinn and Glasgow. The Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing,
I would describe EKÜL in 10 words as the biggest cooperative housing organisation in Estonia, an independent union of 1.400 apartment associations participating actively in the housing-related policy developments in the country.
Our key objective is satisfying our residents in well managed apartment associations (housing cooperatives). We have the aim to be among the forerunners of democratic civil society and recognized representative of interests of our members in partnership with Estonian state institutions, municipalities, service providers as well as with partners abroad.
Read more from the blog of Housing Europe.
New Council and Board was elected by Union Day 26.05.2016.
Newly elected Council members: Anvar Kima, Galina Lepik, Genadi Vaher, Jelena Smorodina, Karl Õiger, Marit Otsing, Peeter Lauring, Raimo Jõgeva ja Tiiu Varik.
The Board will continue: Andres Jaadla, Urmas Mardi and Dagmar Mattiisen.
Andres Jaadla, Chairman of the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations (EKYL) and Board member of Housing Europe, visited UN-Habitat Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya on February 16, 2016.
At the meeting with Christopher Lalande, Housing Unit Leader at UN-Habitat, and Fernarda Lonardoni, Housing Policy Adviser at UN-Habitat, developments of housing and housing policy in Europe and globally were discussed. Andres Jaadla gave an overview of the activities of Housing Europe and EKYL, and introduced cooperation with the UNECE Housing and Land Management Unit. The Chairman of EKYL explained the housing situation in Estonia, the role of apartment associations and EKYL in the housing reforms and the international cooperation network of EKYL today.
EKYL shares experiences with the Serbian government
Andres Jaadla, Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations (EKYL) and a Housing Europe Board Member participated at a workshop organized to strengthen the national capacity for sustainable housing and urban development in Serbia.
Andres noted that the developments in housing in Serbia are evident: „The war damages in districts of apartment buildings in the urban centres in Serbia today mark the difficulties that Serbian society had to overcome. This is something that Estonians understand well, although Estonia hadn’t suffer at the same degree when it regained its independece“.
Serbian colleagues showed vivid interest in EKYL’s experiences with apartment associations and refurbishment programs. In his presentation Andres Jaadla focused on developments in the housing sector and clarified some ownership-related
Our homes hold the key to our planet’s future. Why it is important to start at home if you want to fight climate change.
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Chairman of the Board of EKYL, Andres Jaadla takes part in the meeting
Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete told representatives of Europe’s cities and regions to focus their climate change efforts on energy efficiency and especially the renovation of buildings. Cañete was speaking at the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels and called on local leaders to put energy efficiency first in their policies. “Cities are at the heart of the fight against climate change,” he said, “it’s where most of us live and where most of our energy is consumed. 75% of homes in the EU were inefficient, he added, and smart renovation could cut up to 40% of the bloc’s energy consumption.”
Andres Jaadla of EKYL, addressing Mr. Cañete as representative of the ALDE group, highlighted the need