Barbara Steenbergen has been committed to tenant protection for more than 20 years. She started in 2001 as head of the presidential office of the German Tenants' Union Deutscher Mieterbund www.mieterbund.de in Berlin and as political coordinator for energy policy and international affairs.
In 2007, the International Union of Tenants (IUT) elected her as head of the newly founded IUT Liaison Office to the European Union in Brussels, which she established in 2008. Since 2013 Barbara Steenbergen has been a member of the Executive Board of the IUT.
She is Vice Chair of the tenants’ association of Bonn, Germany www.mieterbund-bonn.de and chairs the jury of the European Responsible Housing Awards www.responsiblehousing.eu.
Barbara is responsible for the political relations and representation of the interests of the European tenant associations towards the EU Commission, the EU Parliament and the EU Council.
The International Union of Tenants was founded in Zürich, Switzerland in 1926. The IUT is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. The IUT office in Brussels, Belgium, manages the work with the European institutions. The IUT represents 72 tenant organisations in 47 countries worldwide. https://www.iut.nu/