EPRA 2019: What are the key challenges facing European property leaders?

The European property market is challenged by labour shortages, rapid urbanisation and a wave of tenant insolvencies, according to speakers at the European Public Real Estate Association Conference 2019.

Chief executives including intu’s Matthew Roberts, Grainger’s Helen Gordon and French REIT Gecina’s Méka Brunel voiced their concerns on a number of themes at the annual event, held this year in Madrid.

The conference was held at a tough time for Europe, with the lenders preparing for cost cuts and consolidation after the European Central Bank extended a five-year run of negative interest rates. Policymakers fear Europe is