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Tuesday, 22 April 2008 - Strasbourg Final edition
Ending street homelessness
P6_TA(2008)0163P6_DCL(2007)0111

Declaration of the European Parliament on ending street homelessness

The European Parliament ,

–   having regard to Rule 116 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.   whereas homelessness was identified as a priority by the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council in 2005, and is a priority under the 'active inclusion' strand of the EU social protection and inclusion strategy,

B.   whereas access to adequate housing is a fundamental human right and access to shelter often the first step towards adequate and sustainable housing solutions for people experiencing extreme poverty and exclusion,

C.   whereas every winter people freeze to death across the European Union as a result of a lack of emergency accommodation and outreach services catering for their needs,

D.   whereas street homelessness is the most visible form of homelessness, and can only be addressed effectively as part of a wider holistic strategy,

E.   whereas it has called twice for urgent action to tackle homelessness this year,

1.  Calls on the Council to agree on an EU-wide commitment to end street homelessness by 2015;

2.  Calls on the Commission to develop an EU framework definition of homelessness, gather comparable and reliable statistical data, and provide annual updates on action taken and progress made in Member States towards ending homelessness;

3.  Urges Member States to devise winter emergency plans as part of a wider homelessness strategy;

4.  Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Council, Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States.

List of signatories

Adamos Adamou, Vittorio Agnoletto, Vincenzo Aita, Gabriele Albertini, Alexander Alvaro, Jan Andersson, Georgs Andrejevs, Alfonso Andria, Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Roberta Angelilli, Kader Arif, Stavros Arnaoutakis, Elspeth Attwooll, Marie-Hélène Aubert, Margrete Auken, Liam Aylward, Peter Baco, Maria Badia i Cutchet, Mariela Velichkova Baeva, Alessandro Battilocchio, Katerina Batzeli, Edit Bauer, Jean Marie Beaupuy, Christopher Beazley, Zsolt László Becsey, Angelika Beer, Ivo Belet, Irena Belohorská, Jean-Luc Bennahmias, Giovanni Berlinguer, Thijs Berman, Slavi Binev, Šarūnas Birutis, Sebastian Valentin Bodu, Herbert Bösch, Jens-Peter Bonde, Guy Bono, Josep Borrell Fontelles, Victor Boştinaru, Costas Botopoulos, Bernadette Bourzai, John Bowis, Sharon Bowles, Emine Bozkurt, Mihael Brejc, Frieda Brepoels, Hiltrud Breyer, André Brie, Wolfgang Bulfon, Udo Bullmann, Nicodim Bulzesc, Colm Burke, Philip Bushill-Matthews, Niels Busk, Cristian Silviu Buşoi, Philippe Busquin, Jerzy Buzek, Mogens Camre, Luis Manuel Capoulas Santos, Marco Cappato, Marie-Arlette Carlotti, Carlos Carnero González, Paulo Casaca, Michael Cashman, Carlo Casini, Françoise Castex, Pilar del Castillo Vera, Giusto Catania, Jean-Marie Cavada, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Giulietto Chiesa, Zdzisław Kazimierz Chmielewski, Ole Christensen, Sylwester Chruszcz, Luigi Cocilovo, Carlos Coelho, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Richard Corbett, Giovanna Corda, Titus Corlăţean, Thierry Cornillet, Paolo Costa, Jean Louis Cottigny, Michael Cramer, Corina Creţu, Gabriela Creţu, Brian Crowley, Marek Aleksander Czarnecki, Daniel Dăianu, Joseph Daul, Dragoş Florin David, Antonio De Blasio, Bairbre de Brún, Arūnas Degutis, Véronique De Keyser, Panayiotis Demetriou, Gérard Deprez, Proinsias De Rossa, Marie-Hélène Descamps, Mia De Vits, Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Jolanta Dičkutė, Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos, Vasile Dîncu, Valdis Dombrovskis, Beniamino Donnici, Brigitte Douay, Avril Doyle, Mojca Drčar Murko, Andrew Duff, Árpád Duka-Zólyomi, Constantin Dumitriu, Christian Ehler, Lena Ek, Saïd El Khadraoui, Harald Ettl, Jill Evans, Jonathan Evans, Robert Evans, Göran Färm, Richard Falbr, Carlo Fatuzzo, Szabolcs Fazakas, Emanuel Jardim Fernandes, Francesco Ferrari, Anne Ferreira, Elisa Ferreira, Ilda Figueiredo, Petru Filip, Věra Flasarová, Hélène Flautre, Nicole Fontaine, Glyn Ford, Monica Frassoni, Sorin Frunzăverde, Urszula Gacek, Kinga Gál, Vicente Miguel Garcés Ramón, Jean-Paul Gauzès, Jas Gawronski, Eugenijus Gentvilas, Georgios Georgiou, Bronisław Geremek, Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg, Claire Gibault, Adam Gierek, Neena Gill, Robert Goebbels, Ana Maria Gomes, Donata Gottardi, Genowefa Grabowska, Friedrich-Wilhelm Graefe zu Baringdorf, Nathalie Griesbeck, Elly de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Lilli Gruber, Ignasi Guardans Cambó, Ambroise Guellec, Pedro Guerreiro, Umberto Guidoni, Catherine Guy-Quint, András Gyürk, Fiona Hall, David Hammerstein, Benoît Hamon, Małgorzata Handzlik, Gábor Harangozó, Marian Harkin, Rebecca Harms, Satu Hassi, Adeline Hazan, Anna Hedh, Gyula Hegyi, Jacky Hénin, Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Jim Higgins, Jens Holm, Krzysztof Hołowczyc, Mary Honeyball, Milan Horáček, Richard Howitt, Ian Hudghton, Stephen Hughes, Alain Hutchinson, Filiz Hakaeva Hyusmenova, Mikel Irujo Amezaga, Marie Anne Isler Béguin, Lily Jacobs, Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Stanisław Jałowiecki, Mieczysław Edmund Janowski, Lívia Járóka, Anne E. Jensen, Pierre Jonckheer, Romana Jordan Cizelj, Madeleine Jouye de Grandmaison, Ona Juknevičienė, Jelko Kacin, Filip Kaczmarek, Gisela Kallenbach, Othmar Karas, Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, Piia-Noora Kauppi, Metin Kazak, Tunne Kelam, Glenys Kinnock, Evgeni Kirilov, Wolf Klinz, Jaromír Kohlíček, Maria Eleni Koppa, Magda Kósáné Kovács, Miloš Koterec, Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Wolfgang Kreissl-Dörfler, Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis, Wiesław Stefan Kuc, Jan Jerzy Kułakowski, Sepp Kusstatscher, Zbigniew Krzysztof Kuźmiuk, André Laignel, Jean Lambert, Stavros Lambrinidis, Vytautas Landsbergis, Esther De Lange, Anne Laperrouze, Henrik Lax, Johannes Lebech, Roselyne Lefrançois, Bernard Lehideux, Jörg Leichtfried, Jo Leinen, Katalin Lévai, Janusz Lewandowski, Bogusław Liberadzki, Marcin Libicki, Eva Lichtenberger, Marie-Noëlle Lienemann, Kartika Tamara Liotard, Alain Lipietz, Pia Elda Locatelli, Antonio López-Istúriz White, Andrea Losco, Caroline Lucas, Sarah Ludford, Astrid Lulling, Elizabeth Lynne, Marusya Ivanova Lyubcheva, Linda McAvan, Arlene McCarthy, Mary Lou McDonald, Mairead McGuinness, Jamila Madeira, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Erika Mann, Thomas Mann, Mario Mantovani, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Helmuth Markov, David Martin, Jean-Claude Martinez, Jan Tadeusz Masiel, Jiří Maštálka, Véronique Mathieu, Marios Matsakis, Maria Matsouka, Manolis Mavrommatis, Erik Meijer, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, Willy Meyer Pleite, Marianne Mikko, Miroslav Mikolášik, Francisco José Millán Mon, Gay Mitchell, Nickolay Mladenov, Viktória Mohácsi, Cristobal Montoro Romero, Claude Moraes, Eluned Morgan, Luisa Morgantini, Philippe Morillon, Elisabeth Morin, Jan Mulder, Roberto Musacchio, Joseph Muscat, Robert Navarro, Bill Newton Dunn, Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Rareş-Lucian Niculescu, Lambert van Nistelrooij, Ljudmila Novak, Raimon Obiols i Germà, Vural Öger, Cem Özdemir, Péter Olajos, Jan Olbrycht, Seán Ó Neachtain, Gérard Onesta, Janusz Onyszkiewicz, Dumitru Oprea, Josu Ortuondo Larrea, Csaba Őry, Siiri Oviir, Justas Vincas Paleckis, Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Pier Antonio Panzeri, Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Atanas Paparizov, Georgios Papastamkos, Neil Parish, Ioan Mircea Paşcu, Vincent Peillon, Alojz Peterle, Maria Petre, Tobias Pflüger, Willi Piecyk, Rihards Pīks, Józef Pinior, Mirosław Mariusz Piotrowski, Umberto Pirilli, Hubert Pirker, Paweł Bartłomiej Piskorski, Lapo Pistelli, Gianni Pittella, Zita Pleštinská, Rovana Plumb, Zdzisław Zbigniew Podkański, Samuli Pohjamo, Lydie Polfer, Mihaela Popa, Bernd Posselt, Christa Prets, Pierre Pribetich, Vittorio Prodi, Jacek Protasiewicz, Bilyana Ilieva Raeva, Miloslav Ransdorf, Karin Resetarits, José Ribeiro e Castro, Frédérique Ries, Karin Riis-Jørgensen, Marco Rizzo, Bogusław Rogalski, Zuzana Roithová, Raül Romeva i Rueda, Wojciech Roszkowski, Libor Rouček, Martine Roure, Paul Rübig, Heide Rühle, Leopold Józef Rutowicz, Eoin Ryan, Tokia Saïfi, Aloyzas Sakalas, Daciana Octavia Sârbu, Toomas Savi, Luciana Sbarbati, Christel Schaldemose, Pierre Schapira, Karin Scheele, Agnes Schierhuber, Olle Schmidt, György Schöpflin, Jürgen Schröder, Elisabeth Schroedter, Willem Schuth, Esko Seppänen, Czesław Adam Siekierski, José Albino Silva Peneda, Brian Simpson, Kathy Sinnott, Peter Skinner, Csaba Sógor, Søren Bo Søndergaard, María Sornosa Martínez, Jean Spautz, Bart Staes, Grażyna Staniszewska, Margarita Starkevičiūtė, Peter Šťastný, Dirk Sterckx, Struan Stevenson, Catherine Stihler, Daniel Strož, Margie Sudre, László Surján, Gianluca Susta, Eva-Britt Svensson, Hannes Swoboda, József Szájer, Andrzej Jan Szejna, Konrad Szymański, Csaba Sándor Tabajdi, Britta Thomsen, Marianne Thyssen, Silvia-Adriana Ţicău, Gary Titley, Patrizia Toia, László Tőkés, Ewa Tomaszewska, Witold Tomczak, Jacques Toubon, Catherine Trautmann, Kyriacos Triantaphyllides, Helga Trüpel, Claude Turmes, Evangelia Tzampazi, Feleknas Uca, Vladimir Urutchev, Nikolaos Vakalis, Anne Van Lancker, Daniel Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Ioannis Varvitsiotis, Ari Vatanen, Yannick Vaugrenard, Armando Veneto, Donato Tommaso Veraldi, Bernadette Vergnaud, Cornelis Visser, Oldřich Vlasák, Johannes Voggenhuber, Sahra Wagenknecht, Henri Weber, Renate Weber, Anders Wijkman, Glenis Willmott, Bernard Wojciechowski, Janusz Wojciechowski, Francis Wurtz, Anna Záborská, Zbigniew Zaleski, Mauro Zani, Andrzej Tomasz Zapałowski, Stefano Zappalà, Tatjana Ždanoka, Dushana Zdravkova, Gabriele Zimmer, Marian Zlotea, Tadeusz Zwiefka

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