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Reforming Regulation of Professions

On 18 May the European Commission hosted a conference in Brussels on “Reforming Regulation of Professions; Results of the Mutual Evaluation and Way Forward” at which CEPI-CEI was represented. The mutual evaluation refers to the transparency exercise required by the Professional Qualifications Directive which requires EU Member States to list and evaluate the regulated professions in their country. The real estate professions are included in this mutual evaluation exercise which has resulted in the publication of national action plans. It was announced at the conference that the Commission will soon publish a public consultation on those action plans to gather reactions and comments. The conference featured discussions about the national action plans and recent and future changes to the regulated professions which were presented by experts from different countries. It also featured the presentation of a number of recent studies which provide empirical evidence about the effects of regulation on the EU economy. Speaking at the conference, Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska highlighted the importance of the regulated professions to the EU economy. The Commission will shortly be publishing guidance on reform needs targeted at specific professions and an analytical framework to be used by national authorities when reviewing existing or intended legislation. The real estate professions are semi-regulated with large differences in the level of regulation where it exists. CEPI-CEI cautions that it is necessary to look carefully at the...

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The European Association of Real Estate Professions (CEPI-CEI) is happy to announce the arrival of a Director General for its headquarters in Brussels.

The European Association of Real Estate Professions (CEPI-CEI) is happy to announce the arrival of a Director General for its headquarters in Brussels. Mr. Guy Valkenborg, a Belgian lawyer with over 20 years of public affairs experience in European and international policy has joined the organization following its most recent General Meeting in Brussels on 30 April. Mr. Valkenborg will complete and lead the CEPI-CEI administration team, consisting of Mrs. Janet Griffiths (Policy Director) and Ms. Vittoria Marchegiani (Office Manager). Mr. Valkenborg asserted : “I am happy for the opportunity offered to apply my Brussels’ experience and management skills in a sector as exciting and promising as this and look forward to further improving market knowledge, professional ethics and the quality of education of real estate agents and property managers. CEPI-CEI really has to become the favored reference and rallying point for all those interested in our sector and I am convinced we will soon get there taking into account the vast expertise and enthusiasm of our members.” Mr. Valkenborg can be contacted via the CEPI-CEI secretariat (+32 2 735 49 90) or via e-mail (guy.valkenborg@cepi-cei.eu) Brussels-19 May...

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CEPI-CEI meets in Brussels

On Friday 29 to Saturday 30 April CEPI-CEI held its General Meeting in Brussels. The meetings held included meetings of the two professional divisions CEAB (representing property managers) and PAC (representing estate agents). Other meetings covered policy relevant to the real estate professions and organisational issues. Interesting policy topics discussed included the regulation of professional services, energy efficiency, anti-money laundering and international standards. There was also a strong emphasis on education and training and the development of the real estate professions. The meetings also included a presentation by the European Commission on the European Professional Card (EPC). Since January 2016 the EPC has been available to estate agents. The presentation covered the concept of the EPC and legal background as well as the professions covered. The EPC is a streamlined electronic procedure for the recognition of professional qualifications using the Internal Market Information system. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss experiences with applications for an EPC and its further uptake within the real estate professions. It was also explained how the EPC can provide value for professionals by supplying easy online access to information on requirements, procedures and costs, a quick means of accomplishing all necessary procedures, and multilingual and transparent communication. The information stored in the online system can be updated, with the possibility to reuse valid documents. CEPI-CEI will continue to work on the issues identified...

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House prices up by 2.9% in the euro area

According to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, house prices rose by 2.9% in the euro area and by 3.8% in the EU in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with the same quarter of the previous year. Compared with the third quarter of 2015, house prices remained stable in the euro area and rose by 0.2% in the EU in the fourth quarter of 2015. The highest annual increases in house prices in the fourth quarter of 2015 were recorded in Sweden (+14.2%), Hungary (+10.3%) and the United Kingdom (+7.1%), while falls were observed in Croatia (-2.1%), Italy (-0.9%) and Cyprus (-0.6%). The highest quarterly increases were recorded in Bulgaria (+3.1%), Latvia (+2.3%) and Sweden (+2.0%), and the largest falls in Cyprus (-4.2%), Lithuania (-2.1%) and Austria (-1.7%). Further information is available from Eurostat at http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/products-press-releases/-/2-12042016-AP...

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