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A Fresh Approach to Housing : Poznan’s innovative offer to keep young talent in the city

urbact 2917The City of Poznań, (Lead Partner of Gen Y City) as a large academic hub, has considerable potential for attracting young people. The level of unemployment is very low. The combination of these two factors makes it attractive for many young people want to stay and start a family here. A major obstacle that they encounter is the lack of affordable housing. Young people starting their adult life have relatively low incomes and working under civil law contracts makes them ineligible for a loan.  In reality many are not so interested in long-term financial obligations. At this stage of their lives their main aim is to gain pro fessional and economic stability and because of that they are willing to move in order to find a job. Affordable housing solutions are needed to support these aspirations.

Long-term and stable tenancy agreements can help to solve these problems. In the past Poznań introduced a successful investment for senior citizens who needed help in terms of housing. The initiative aimed to address unfavourable demographic changes – suburbanization and population aging.  So the Poznań Housing Association (PTBS) decided to build on this success and adapt the initiative to a younger market with the introduction of a housing programme called “Apartments for graduates”. This initiative emerged in 2014 and its aim was to create a competitive offer for people who fulfill specific conditions. 

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Christmas Greetings


Invitation for award ceremony „Young Europeans Award”

The partner regions
Nouvelle-Aquitaine*, Hessen and Wielkopolska

 and the partner organisations
Allianz Cultural Foundation, Hippocrène Foundation, Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation (SDPZ/FWPN), German-Polish Youth Office (DPJW/PNWM), and
French-German Youth Office (OFAJ/DFJW)
cordially invite you to the 

Award Ceremony
of the tri-national French-German-Polish competition



with the participation of the guest country Ukraine, on the following theme:
“How far does Europe reach?”

on Tuesday 20th September 2016, from 12:15 am to 3:00 pm
at the House of Regions 
 Rue Montoyer 21 ∙ 1000 Brussels


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Joseph Wieniawski (1837-1912): His Life and Music

J. WieniawskiDear Sir/Madam,

We cordially invite you to the concert-lecture 'Joseph Wieniawski (1837-1912): His Life and Music' which will be held on 26 November at 20.00 in Royal Conservatory of Brussels (concert room, rue de la Regence 30A, 1050 Brussels). The event will start with the concert of Joseph Wieniawski's music performed by Jacek Kortus, pianist from Poznań. During the second part a lecture will be delivered by Prof. Renata Suchowiejko, long term associate of Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society of Poznań. The end will be concluded with a short documentary film on the renovation of Wieniawski’s tomb in Brussels.

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Invitation to the debate 'Green solutions for energy poverty' – 11th October 2016

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Province of Barcelona, Wielkopolska Region,  Region of Hannover, City of Malmö,

City of Ghent, and Liverpool City Region

have the pleasure to invite you to the debate:

Green solutions for energy poverty’

which will take place on Tuesday 11th October 2016 at 11.15 – 13.00

at the premises of the Wielkopolska Region Brussels Office

Rue Montoyer 21, 1000 Brussels

The keynote speech will be delivered by Mr Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Director for Internal Energy Market in the European Commission. The debate between the representatives of regions and cities will focus on energy poverty. This phenomenon affects between 50 and 125 million Europeans and is a result of economic crisis in Europe, which has caused a considerable reduction of family incomes. Energy prices continue to increase in most EU countries. A significant part of the population is unable to heat adequately their homes because they have to pay exorbitantly high energy bills. The causes and impact of energy poverty, as well as best practices to address the problem, will be the main topics of the discussion.

To register go to the website of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2016 and choose the code 11A16.