Berlin continues tackling the housing crisis


Mayor of Berlin Franziska Giffey participated in a meeting with Alliance for housing construction and affordable housing and the Senator for Urban Development, Building and Housing, Andreas Geisel.

Mayor Giffey stated on social media: ‘’At this second meeting, representatives of the Senate as well as responsible persons from the districts, actors from the housing and construction industry, the tenants’ association, the social associations as well as the trade unions met again to discuss the achievement of new construction targets, possibilities to accelerate new construction projects and affordable rents in Berlin.’’

Like many major European cities, the German capital has recently been facing a housing shortage and increasing rent prices. According to mayor Giffey, the meeting also saw the adoption of a joint declaration which identifies common objectives and specifies the steps required to achieve them.

Three working groups dealing with the issues of new construction and modernisation, rent development and tenant protection, and urban development and design were formed after the first meeting of relevant parties in January. Results of the work that has been done so far were discussed during the meeting.

‘’The attractiveness of Berlin and the entire metropolitan region is undefeated. As a result, our city needs to grow in width, height and density in order to provide a home for all Berliners. We need acceptance of new building projects, also in the inner city, the rapid approval of building projects and the quick implementation of the building permits already granted,’’ mayor Giffey further stated.

‘’With the joint declaration of the Alliance for New Housing Construction and Affordable Housing, we have today formulated the work mandate for further cooperation in the coming months. Now it is time for implementation. Cooperation instead of confrontation is the attitude with which we want to get to work and reach a joint Alliance agreement by the end of June,’’ mayor of Berlin Franziska Giffey concluded. (photo credit: Stefan Zeitz)