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at the meeting of the housing ministers in Paris the 24th to 26th of september 2000
|As the Right of housing for the most vulnerable
populations is non existent the possibility for all to live in a decent
and healthy environment, (notably for the poor, the unemployed, the immigrants,
the young, the elderly, singles and single parents, large families, disabled,
Europe has 60 millions of people living in poverty, between 15 and 18 millions of people are poorly housed or living in slums, 3 millions are homeless and hundreds of millions of evictions take place every year while millions of houses are vacant. Meanwhile, the budgets for housing are steadily diminishing.
The governments of European countries have accelerated the deregulation of the markets and abandoned the policy to protect tenants and low income populations.
· The tenants are subjected to the law of the markets (which means deregulation of rents, loss of housing tenure)
The resistance to the free market globalizes
and capitalism is beginning to bear fruits. (Seattle, Millau)
These resistance movements of inhabitants act at the local or the national level but the consequences of the Europeanization and the globalization of markets of urban space stimulates us to reinforce international mobilization in these domains.
Ten years after the first meeting the European Housing Ministers will meet again in Paris 26th to 28th of September. The HOUSING MOVEMENTS WILL BE THERE ALSO.
It is time that we speak up to demand the right to live decently in all the neighborhoods of the city including the Center City thanks to new policies which the local and central governments should implement.
We will call for a European mobilization in order that the HOUSING ministers on the national and the European level accept to:
- Put the right to housing in the European Charter and make it criteria of consequence.
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