CEPI-CEI Meets in Bratislava – a new face for real estate in Europe
The Slovak capital of Bratislava played host to European real estate professionals on 25-27 November. Estate agents and property managers came together to discuss developments in the real estate sector and their common concerns. The occasion was the first General Meeting of CEPI-CEI following the merger which took place in March of this year between two European associations CEPI and CEI. The new association represents more than 30 national associations of real estate professionals in EU and EFTA countries, bringing together around 350,000 real estate professionals.
The real estate sector is facing many challenges today, and real estate professionals need to develop the skills and knowledge to meet these challenges. Decisions made in Brussels are having an increasing impact on the daily working lives of real estate professionals, both directly and indirectly. High on the agenda were current developments about energy efficiency and professional regulation, both of which are the focus of attention from Brussels. The various sessions which took place were a chance to prepare CEPI-CEI’s work programme for next year, which will have a strong emphasis on policy and education. Delegates also learnt about the Slovak real estate market and had the opportunity to compare experiences with colleagues from different countries. Learning about best practice examples and the exchange of ideas are important elements which CEPI-CEI seeks to promote.
Not just the real estate sector, but Europe itself is experiencing many difficulties at the moment, a fact which did not escape the attention of the delegates who gathered in Bratislava. The General Meeting began with a minute’s silence in memory of all victims of terrorism throughout the world. CEPI-CEI also invited its members to reflect on the problems of refugees and the difficulties of providing suitable housing for them, an issue of current concern for all those working in the real estate sector.
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