The Representatives Of The Civil Society Will Discuss The Issues Of Housing Management And Energy Efficient Refurbishment Media Release


The conference “Housing Policy, Sustainable Housing Management Practice, Energy Efficiency and Funding: current situation, challenges and perspectives for comprehensive solutions and affordable funding” will be held on 26 January 2018 at 11:00am at Hotel IOTA Tbilisi (10 Lermontovi street, Tbilisi). The conference is organised by Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti”, Local Democracy Agency Georgia, Civil Society Institute, and New Technologies Center.

The event gathers the stakeholders from the non-governmental, governmental and private sectors and its purpose is to discuss the housing and energy efficient renovation issues in Georgia. The conference keynote speakers and panel discussion participants will bring forward the most topical issues of housing policy, the capacities of the energy efficient modernisation of buildings, and other current issues in the field that are on the agenda in the context of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.

The conference has been one of the first events on the housing issues after the EU-Georgia Association Agreement entered into force, and it highlights the role of the civil society and their interest representation.  Panel discussions on housing and energy efficiency that involve representatives of non-governmental, governmental and private sectors facilitate exchange of ideas and sharing of best practices. The event, overall promotes inclusion of the civil society interests in the elaboration and implementation of housing policy.
The event is held under the framework of the project “The way forward for reforms in the housing sector: empowering grass-root homeowners associations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine”. The project with the financial support of the European Union has been implemented since January 2015 in the five Eastern Partnership countries (in Georgia in Tbilisi, Batumi and Kutaisi). The Lead partner of the project is the German organisation “Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO )”. The goal of the project is to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the housing sector decision-making. The project ends on 31 January 2018. The Georgian project partner in Tbilisi is Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti”, Local Democracy Agency Georgia in Kutaisi, and Civil Society Institute in Batumi.