In this section, you will find our interviews with decision makers on key issues for property professionals...
Jean-François Buet answers some questions about the revision of the Loi Hoguet that regulates both the access and the exercise of the professions of property agent and manager in France. (in French)
At the beginning of December, within the framework of our series of interviews "CEPI meets", we asked the European Commission some questions concerning the new European Directive on energy efficiency which was adopted on 25 October 2012.
The President of Dansk Ejendomsmaeglerforening (DE) highlights the importance of being a member of the CEPI network, and explains the specificities of the Danish real estate market...
Between 23 and 25 May 2012, CEPI members gathered in Warsaw on the occasion of our General Assembly organised by PREF, the Polish Real Estate Federation, in parallel with their 17th Congress. CEPI met with their President to talk about the event, the network as well as the main current Polish challenges and priorities for the real estate sector…
Interviewing the Commission on SOLVIT and the "Your Europe" initative, notably as regards what they can bring to real estate professionals (available in French only).
We have interviewed the new CEPI President just before the beginning of her mandate on 1st january 2012, about her professional life, her projects and her priorities... "CEPI is a great organisation, founded a little more than 20 years ago by European associations, including the CIGDL, with a common vision, which knew that the development and recognition of our professions at national level necessarily requires to work at European level. What is crucial to me is to sustain a common vision and a cohesion of all member associations within CEPI." (available in French only)
We asked her about how the Internal Market Information (IMI) system works in practice, as a secure online application that enables public authorities at different levels to communicate with their counterparts in other countries.
We conducted this interview in the framework of the current modernisation of the Directive Recognition of Professional Qualifications, to know what are the European Parliament’s main priorities in this area. “[…] broadly speaking, dissatisfaction with the current situation can be explained by a lack of trust in the system in place. MS and authorities complained about limited information sharing and professionals complained about the lack of transparency in the decision making process. In revising the Directive, this should be one of the primary goals - to stimulate confidence on all sides that the provisions in place are simple, quick and more efficient.”
We asked her a series of questions about Commission plans in relation to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). "[…] the upcoming legislation should not be seen as an attempt to impose greater burdens on professionals, but as a means of making commercial relationships work better. Traders tend to support the introduction of ADR systems; they see ADR as a good instrument to solve disputes."
We asked her a series of questions about the Commission Energy Efficiency Plan. "Property agents and property managers are very important professionals in realising energy savings. They are the direct contacts to prospective buyers or tenants when these consider buying or rent a house. This is the moment that also energy costs have to be taken into consideration. A property agent has a unique opportunity to indicate the energy costs and, possibly, efficiency improvements of each housing option. "
We asked the Commissioner to respond to our concerns about the re-launch of the Single Market in the Single Market Act and its impact on the sector of property professionals. "The right to work and pursue an occupation in another Member State is a fundamental right under the Lisbon Treaty. In that respect and it is one of my priorities, we have to ensure an effective and complete implementation of the Services Directive in all the Member States. But we have also to tackle down the difficulties that professionals, including real estate agents, could face when wanting to have their professional qualifications recognised in another country."
We asked her a few questions on the revision of the Directive on the recognition of profesional qualifications. "Je n'ai pas d'avis à formuler, mais simplement le souhait que ce travail puisse continuer à se faire en étroite collaboration entre toutes les parties concernées : je crois qu'il n'y a que comme cela que l'on peut faire de bonnes législations." (available in French only)
"Housing is one of the aspects present on the EP agenda on a regular basis and with different focus, for example while discussing the energy saving measures, demographic change or urban regeneration..."
The Directive on Recognition of Professional Qualifications: what is at stake for Service Professionals? "(...) If we want to secure economic growth and social welfare, we need to make sure that our economy can benefit from the expertise of highly qualified professionals throughout Europe and that European citizens can easily benefit from job offers in all Member States. Experts tell us that we need a more highly skilled workforce. An ageing society and a shrinking workforce over the next decades are further challenges we need to rise to. Facilitating and promoting intra-EU mobility should be seen as an opportunity in this wider context, and not as a threat."