Over Aedes

About Aedes

Robin van Leijen
Robin van Leijen


Aedes co-operates with the government, political parties and special interest groups in order to create the best conditions under which corporations can perform their social task. Aedes’ EU Public affairs office in Brussels focuses on crucial European issues to safeguard and optimize the legal, fiscal and financial conditions for Dutch social housing providers. Main topics in European context are Services of General Economic Interest, , economic governance, , the prevention of energy poverty, and public procurement.

Aedes is an active member of Housing Europe. Housing Europe promotes the interests of social, public and cooperative housing organisations in Europe.


Aedes members are modern real estate organisations and service providers, working independently at their own expense and risk. They supply a broad package of affordable housing services that meet the various needs of their clients. Apart from housing, this includes a wide range of services that add to the liveability of neighborhoods. Aedes works together with its members on living/care arrangements for the elderly and groups with special needs, such as mentally or physically disabled and refugees. Aedes also supports housing associations in city development plans by entering into collaborative relationships with other organisations.


Aedes also represents the interests of its members in their role as employers of 25,000 employees in the Netherlands. As the employer's organisation for the social housing organisations, Aedes negotiates with the trade unions to agree on a collective labour agreements.

Future vision of housing providers

As social housing providers, we made significant decisions for the future. You can find them in our long-term vision 2016 - 2021: Agile attitude, stable factor, focus on residents. This long-term vision is from our members, for our members, for Aedes and the entire Dutch social housing sector. The video below explains how we, as social housing providers, will remain a stable factor in our society also in the future. For English subtitles please click the cc-button/subtitles button on the bottom right of the screen.