The motion criticises the fact that housing is too much regarded as a profitable investment market and too little as a place to live in. Even though adequate and affordable housing is a human right that is recognised in EU law, the constitutions of most European countries and in international law. The EU is able to decide that the rules become more flexible and that our communities will get the opportunity to support their inhabitants to obtain a house. Moreover, the motion makes a call for using the programmes of the EU for housing construction, for example renovation measures financed through the Green Deal.
EFA (European Free Alliance) is the political party that FNP helped found forty years ago. Roel Falkena, who died in the beginning of this year, was one of the founding fathers who had the vision that it was necessary for regions such as Fryslan to work together in Europe. Today, EFA consists of parties from every corner of Europe, and together with the Greens it is the fifth largest political group in the European Parliament.
FNP also visited the European Parliament for meetings with Members of the European Parliament. Yesterday FNP chair Sijbe Knol had a meeting with former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont. Two years ago, Puigdemont wanted to come to Fryslân, but due to the COVID-pandemic that was not possible. The decision was taken to find a new time for the visit next year.