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Update from Dominique Moerenhout

As we are entering a new decade, EPRA’s activities for the next year will very much focus on education. This will unveil itself in different fields.

On the investor outreach front, we will continue educating both specialist and generalist investors through one-on-one meetings and regular events, with an exciting focus on insurance companies following the positive changes to Solvency II. This will also be one of our main goals for the public affairs department since 2020 is the year of another revision of Solvency II regulations where EPRA will advocate for a further improved framework.

On the finance side, following the launch of the revised EPRA Net Asset Valuation and CAPEX metrics, effective for accounting periods starting on January 1st 2020, we will roll out a proactive educational campaign with the Big 4 and local associations to help property companies, analysts and investors transition to the new system. You can read more about the changes on the EPRA website and contact randa@epra.com for any questions.

Moreover, we are also working on an education programme with leading business schools and hope to be able to share more details on this soon. In the meantime, I invite you to read about the paper from Oxford Economics on optimal allocation in this edition of the magazine.

We know how much you appreciate the events EPRA organises and the networking opportunities they offer. We had a great Conference in Madrid in September and it was as always a pleasure to meet our members. I now look forward to seeing many of you at our traditional start-of-the-year Insight events in London (January 7), Brussels (January 9) and, for the first time in many years, also in Paris (January 14). We have CEOs from several companies as well as investors who will share their views on the coming year.

Finally, as always, I would like to warmly welcome our newest members: Atom Hoteles, B&I Capital, BIF and W. P. Carey.