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Figures released by Eurostat on 20 January show that, in the third quarter of 2015 compared with the third quarter of 2014, house prices rose by 2.3% in the euro area and by 3.1% in the EU. Compared with the second quarter of 2015, house prices rose by 1% in the euro area and by 1.3% in the EU in the third quarter of 2015.
From January 18th estate agents will be amongst the first professions able to apply for a European Professional Card EPC). The other professions included in the first group to benefit from the EPC are general care nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and mountain guides. The aim of the EPC is to make it easier for professionals to offer services throughout the EU by simplifying the procedure for getting their professional qualifications recognised in another EU country.
At the beginning of the year, the Netherlands took over the six month rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. It is the first in a “trio” of presidencies including Slovakia and Malta which share common goals and a long-term agenda. The work programme of the Dutch Presidency will focus on four key areas: migration and international security, sound finances and a robust eurozone, Europe as an innovator and job creator and forward-looking climate and energy policy.
Demographic change is high on the list of challenges faced by the EU today, and one which has consequences for the real estate sector. On 27 November Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, published a new flagship publication “People in the EU: who are we and how do we live?” It provides a detailed picture of the population, families, households and housing, and is intended to promote understanding of the demographic, social and economic situation of those living in the EU.
The European Commission has published its first State of the Energy Union Report. Energy Union is one of the key priorities of the Juncker Commission. The report reviews progress made since the adoption of the Energy Union Framework Strategy on 25 February 2015. It also details what remains to be done, with a strong focus on action to be taken in the building sector. A number of reports were adopted and published alongside the State of the Energy Union on 18 November 2015, including an energy efficiency progress report and factsheets for each EU Member State.