TenLaw Meeting Slovenia 2014
TENLAW MEETING SLOVENIA 2014
16 - 18 October 2014
Consortium meeting for FP7 project "Tenancy Law and Housing Policy in Multi-level Europe"
Organized by: International School for Social and Business Studies
Project coordinator: Zentrum für Europäische Rechtspolitik, Bremen University
Official project website: http://www.tenlaw.uni-bremen.de/
Photos: www.visitljubljana.com, A. Hodalic
Venue: Hotel Cubo, Ljubljana
Updated: 9th October 2014
Thursday, 16th October
18:00-19:30 Guided walking tour around Ljubljana's old town 20:00 Dinner at Ljubljana Castle Restaurant
Friday, 17th October
7:00-8:30 Breakfast 9:00-10:30 Panel session I
Panel presentation Ia: Budapest - Vera Horvath & Józesf Hegedüs
Residential renting (both private and public) as residual sectors in Bulgaria as well as Hungary and Romania
Panel presentation Ib: Katowice - Grzegorz Panek & Magdalena Habdas
Structure and availability of tenures with a public task in Poland, Slovakia, and Czech Republic
10:30-10:45 Coffee break 10:45-12:15 Panel session II
Panel presentation IIa: Pisa - Ranieri Bianci & Elena Bargelli
Historical evolution of the national housing situation and housing policy:
In particular: why is “socio-economic equilibrium” between landlord’s position and tenant’s position pursued by Italian statutes on residential tenancy law and not by Greek and Cypriot tenancy law?
Panel presentation IIb: Southampton - Mark Jordan & Peter Sparkes
Consequences of the extreme pro-landlord reforms which took place across Britain and Ireland during the 1980s
12:15-12:45 Break 12:45-13:30 Lunch (Cubo hotel restaurant) 13:30-14:00 Break 14:00-15:30 Panel session III
Panel presentation IIIa: Bremen - Marta Santos Silva & Christoph Schmid
Deposits in the context of profitability for the landlord and affordability for the tenant
Panel presentation IIIb: Lund - Jakob Juul-Sandberg & Per Norberg
- Regulation on deposits (why is there no regulation in Sweden, and on the other hand why so many disputes in Finland and Denmark)
- Regulation on grounds for terminating the tenancy contract (the use of time limited contracts, valid reasons for termination etc.)
- Black market problems – especially in Sweden (housing shortage related issues)
15:30-15:45 Coffee break 15:45-17:00 General Discussion on results dissemination and other miscellany 19:00 Dinner in Ljubljana's Old Town, Zvezda
Saturday, 18th October
7:00-8:30 Breakfast 9:00-10:30 Panel session IV
Panel presentation IVa: Tarragona - Maria Olinda Garcia & Kurt Xerri
- Landlord’s and tenant’s rights to terminate a rental agreement: Equilibrium or need to rebalance the system?
- Liberalization of lease contract vs rent reference and open-ended lease contracts
Panel presentation IVb: Tartu - Ave Hussar & Irene Kull
Selected important evaluative criteria for the tenant:
- Affordability: Regulation of repairs and improvements
- Stability: Emptio non tollit locatum?
- Flexibility: Unilateral termination by tenant
10:30-10:45 Coffee break 10:45-12:15 Panel session V
Panel presentation Va: Delft - Fanny Cornette
The stability of the situation of the tenant in comparison: Belgium, The Netherlands and France.
Panel presentation Vb: Celje - Maša Drofenik & Špelca Mežnar
Economic crises – its effects and response to the crisis in the three countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia)
12:15-12:45 Break 12:45-13:30 Lunch (Cubo hotel restaurant) 14:00 Field trip to Lake Bled (part of the programme) or boat ride on Ljubljanica river (not part of the official programme)
Field trip to Bled:
15:00 Boat ride to Bled island
16:00 Guided tour of Bled with the local expert on urbanism, visit of the Castle, walking around Bled lake (informal)
18:00 Departure to Ljubljana via Ljubljana Airport
Note: Ljubljana Airport is half way from Ljubljana to Bled. Participants may be dropped off at the Ljubljana Airport on the way to Bled (around 14:30) or dropped off on the way back to Ljubljana (around 18:30).
Boat ride on Ljubljanica river:
Boat trip is not included in the registration fee and costs app. 10 EUR. Tickets are bought directly at the entrance to the boat. More information are available here.
19:00 Dinner (informal event, not part of the official programme and not included in fee)
Aims of the meeting and guidelines for research deliverables
Aim: Optimization of the scientific quality of the intra-team comparative reports.
Concept: Multi-team panels discuss interesting findings from the intra-team comparative reports.Implementation: In preparation for the meeting in Ljubljana, each team will select a particular topic for discussion based on interesting initial findings from their own intra-team comparative research. Then, a provisional draft of the team’s comparative report will be sent to a second team, who will prepare comments regarding the first team’s findings on the selected discussion topic. These preparations shall be based on provisional drafts of the comparative reports current as of 30 September 2014.At the meeting in Ljubljana, panels composed of a presenting team and a commenting team will convene to discuss the presenting team’s selected findings. The presenting team will briefly present their initial findings and analyses on the selected topic (ca. 15 minutes). Then, the commenting team will offer their comments on the findings and discuss these with the presenting team (ca. 15 minutes). Finally, the discussion will be opened up to all meeting attendees (ca. 15 minutes).As a result of this structure, each team will participate in two panels: once to present their selected findings and once to comment on the findings of another team. Discussions will be scheduled in five 90-minutes blocks, during each of which two panels will be convened (45-minute time slots for each panel) for a total of ten panels.
Teams are asked to inform Jason of their selected discussion topic by 22 September, and the provisional drafts are to be sent to Jason no later than 30 September to ensure that the commenting teams will have at least two weeks to prepare for their panel participation.
Please direct any questions regarding this scheme to Jason.
Deadlines regarding the intra-team comparative reports
22 September Decide on discussion topic and inform Jason 30 September Send provisional drafts of intra-team comparative reports to ZERP/Jason 17&18 October Convene meeting to discuss initial comparative findings 31 October Send complete drafts of intra-team comparative reports to ZERP/Jason 30 November Submit final intra-team comparative reports to European Commission (teams to send final versions to ZERP, who will then upload the reports to the EC)
Registration form and registration policy
Please fill out the registration form, which is available here.
The registration form should be filled out by 31 August 2014.After submitting the registration form you will receive an official invoice for your participation at the meeting. Please check the next section for more detailed information about fee payment.
Meeting fee and payment arrangements
Meeting fee (without the field trip to Bled): 160 EUR
Meeting fee (with the field trip to Bled): 195 EUR
VAT is included.
Meeting fee includes:
- Guided walking tour around Ljubljana Old Town
- Funicular Railway to the Castle and Back
- Dinner at Ljubljana Castle Restaurant
- Dinner in Ljubljana Old Town at Zvezda
- 2 lunches
- 3 coffee breaks
- Meeting material
- Field trip to Bled (only if selected in the registration process)
Accommodation and travel expenses are not included in the meeting fee.
After the registration (click here) you receive an official invoice on your e-mail address. Meeting fee payment should be made by the stated deadline via bank transfer.
The participant will receive original copy of the invoice on first day of the meeting (at the registration point).
Bank transfer details:
Name of the account holder: Mednarodna fakulteta za druzbene in poslovne studije (Slovenian for International school for social and business studies - ISSBS)
Address of the account holder: Mariborska cesta 7, 3000 Celje, Slovenia
Name of the bank: Banka Celje, d.d.
Address of the bank: Vodnikova 2, 3000 Celje, Slovenia
SWIFT code: SBCESI2X
IBAN number: SI56 0600 0096 6241 355
Reference number: number of the invoice you have received.
All information about the location of the meeting (venue, travel information, accommodation, about Ljubljana, climate)
VenueTenLaw meeting 2014 Slovenia will be held at the Hotel Cubo in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Click here for location of the hotel. Provider of the conference venue offers free wireless internet access in the conference halls and hotel rooms for TenLaw meeting participants.
AccommodationOfficial hotel for the TenLaw meeting is Hotel Cubo in Ljubljana, where the participants have a special price for their accommodation. Special price for two-bedded room (single use) with breakfast: 120 EUR per room per day + tourist tax. Payment for the accommodation should be made directly to the hotel.
In case you will be staying in Hotel Cubo for the duration of the meeting you make your booking via meeting registration form and the organizer will make the accommodation arrangements.
If you want to stay in another hotel you should make your own room reservations directly to the selected hotel. Other possible hotels in Ljubljana:
Hotel Address Contact Distance from
BEST WESTERN PREMIER
Hotel Slon ****
Slovenska cesta 34,
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 (0) 1 470 11 00
400 m The CITY HOTEL Ljubljana **** Dalmatinova 15,
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 (0) 1 239 00 00
850 m ANTIQ PALACE
HOTEL SPA, d.o.o. ****
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 590 73 344
350 m Grand Hotel Union **** Miklošičeva cesta 1,
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 (0) 1 308 1270
About Ljubljana and the regionBoth residents and numerous visitors perceive Ljubljana as a city made to the measure of man. Ljubljana is classified as a mid-sized European city, but it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere while providing all the facilities of a modern capital. It is a very unique city dotted with pleasant picturesque places where you can expect all kinds of nice little surprises. During winter, its dreamy central European character prevails, and during summer its relaxed Mediterranean feel. Due to its geographical position, Ljubljana is a perfect base for exploring the many faces and beauties of Slovenia.More about Ljubljana
The Central Slovenia is the place where the alpine and karst landscapes meet. Thus, various unique natural and cultural particularities were created. Some of these are the Ljubljana Marshes, an area of wetlands and peat bogs known for its prehistoric pile dwellers and for its rare animal and vegetal species, the high mountain plateau Velika planina situated in the Kamnik Alps, noted for its ski centre and for being the oldest dairy herdsmen’s settlement in Europe, interesting subterranean caves, karstic fields and the mysterious forests of the Polhov Gradec and Posavje hills that abound with tourist farms.More about the Central Slovenia region
Travel informationThe easiest and probably most convenient way to come to Ljubljana is by plane, which lands at national airport Ljubljana-Brnik (LJU). Ljubljana airport lies 23km north of the city. Adria Airways, Slovenia airline, is an airline with thirty-five years of valuable experience in charter and scheduled operations. Today Adria's scheduled flights link Ljubljana with over 30 destinations, mostly in Europe and the Mediterranean. Adria has its head office in Ljubljana and representative offices in eleven European countries.
In addition, some other airports are within a reasonable driving distance (cca.150 kilometers) from Ljubljana. These are:
- Trieste-Ronchi (Italy) 132 km west of Ljubljana,
- Klagenfurt (Austria) 87 km north of Ljubljana,
- Zagreb (Croatia) 130 km southeast of Ljubljana.If you arrive to those airports, the best connection to Ljubljana is either bus or train. For more information about how to get to Ljubljana please click here.
With immense natural beauty, Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts, renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. The beauty of the mountains reflected on the lake, the sun, the serenity and the fresh air arouse pleasant feelings in visitors throughout the year, guaranteeing an ideal base or a relaxing break or an active holiday. Bled attracts businessmen, artists, athletes, explorers, sport enthusiasts, the old and the young, from all over the world, enchanting them to return again and again. More about Bled: click here.
ClimateSlovenia is a country in Central Europe that lies in the eastern Alps at the northeastern end of the Adriatic Sea, with Austria to the north, Italy to the northwest,Hungary to the northeast and Croatia to the south. Despite its small size, Slovenia has a surprising variety of terrain The Central European nation of Slovenia offers tourists a wide variety of landscapes in a small space: Alpine in the northwest, Mediterranean in the southwest, Pannonian in the northeast and Dinaric in the southeast. Almost half of the land is forested. There is a Continental climate in the northeast, a severe Alpine climate in the high mountain regions, and a sub-Mediterranean climate in the coastal region. For more information about climate in Ljubljana click here.
General information about FP7 TenLaw
TENLAW: Tenancy Law and Housing Policy in Multi-level Europe
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under Grant Agreement No. 290694
(Theme SSH.2011.5.2-2 SSH.2011.2.1-2)
Project duration: 01. April 2012 until 01. October 2015
Project budget (EU contribution): € 2.692.526,-
Project summary:Private tenancy law is existentially affecting the daily lives of European citizens, as about one third of them depend on rental housing. That notwithstanding, it constitutes a nearly blank space in comparative and European law. This is due to its national character, its political nature and its embeddedness in widely diverging national housing policies, which ultimately reflect different welfare state models. At the same time, however, different parts of EU law and policy do affect tenancy law significantly, albeit indirectly. Thus, EU social policy against poverty and social exclusion extends to selected issues of housing policy. EU non-discrimination rules extend to the provision of housing, and several consumer law directives apply to tenancy contracts, too. Moreover, if the Common Frame of Reference were one day to develop into an optional instrument, tenancy law issues now regulated by national general contract law might be covered as well - though without any legislator having co-ordinated the ensuing juxtaposition of European contract law and national tenancy regulation. Against this background, this project sets out to provide the first large-scale comparative and European law survey of tenancy law. In a first step, it analyses national tenancy laws and their embeddedness in, and effects on, national housing policies and markets. In a second step, the effect of EU legislation on national housing policy in general and national tenancy law in particular will be analysed in a comparative perspective. In a third step, a proposal for a better co-ordinating role of the EU in tenancy law and housing policy, in particular through an OMC process developing common principles of good ”tenancy regulation”, will be designed. This research matches well several priorities of the Stockholm programme given tenancy law's intimate relation to social human rights and a system of law and justice working for the benefit of European citizens, in particular vulnerable groups.
- About the organizers
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 290694.
International School for Social and Business Studies
Mariborska cesta 7
Dr. Špelca Mežnar
Goran Đaković, MSc
Phone: +386 40 229 514
Office phone: +386 3 4258 228
Fax: +386 3 4258 222
We look forward to hosting you!