Towards the end of German housing (construction) subsidies?

22 October 2019

More than ten years after the European Court of Justice ruled that the German Eigenheimzulage was in breach of European law, the EC also started questioning its successor, the Baukindergeld. ITEM had previously concluded that the Baukindergeld was in breach of European law. We now await the conclusion of the European Commission (EC), which had indicated that it would enable Germany to defend the current rules. If the EC does not agree with the German answer, this could once again mean the end of a German housing (construction) subsidy.

Ruben Tans

Ruben Tans started working as a double degree PhD candidate at the department of International and European Law and the University of Hasselt (Belgium) in January 2021. His research focuses on the integration of beneficiaries of international protection in the labour market and educational systems of Belgium and the Netherlands. By conducting a comparative analysis of the Belgian and Dutch legislation and policy on integration, he endeavours to answer the question whether the integration of the beneficiaries of international protection who have arrived in the EU after the 2015 migration crisis was successful.


Ruben holds an LLB in European Law School, as well as two LLMs in European Law School and in Globalisation and Law (both cum laude) from Maastricht University.


Next to his research, he is a member of the Maastricht Centre for European Law (MCEL), the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cooperation and cross-border Mobility (ITEM) and the Ius Commune Research School. Ruben combines his work as a PhD candidate with a job at the GrensInfoPunt Maastricht, giving advice to cross-border workers.