Monographic plenary session on Euskadi’s demographic challenge in the Basque Parliament: birth rate and aging


Faced with the demographic challenge, the nationalist coalition believes that government policies should be adopted to change the social model of care organization and ensure a dignified life for people.

Euskaraz irakurri: Seme-alabak izateko laguntzak, zaintza unibertsala eta lan jardunaldia murriztea proposatu ditu EH Bilduk

EH Picture In light of the demographic challenge, it has demanded other types of government policies and made a series of proposals to: change the organization of care Yes ensure a decent life The coalition proposes, among other things, providing assistance for having children, guaranteeing the right to universal care, limiting rents and reducing working hours.

The Basque Parliament has a full monograph on demographics at the request of EH Bildu. According to the coalition, we in the Basque Autonomous Community have “the challenge of promoting an efficient, fair and sustainable demographic model”, that is, “rebuilding both life expectancy and individual and collective trajectories”, and it is necessary steer government policy in this direction.

The coalition has criticized the Basque government’s document on the 2030 demographic strategy. According to the parliamentarian Nerea Kortajaara, the document describes the demographic situation in detail, but in the end only “re-emphasizes the goal of boosting the birth rate”. That is not enough for EH Bildu, who believes that the model should be adjusted. “Don’t let that complexity become an excuse,” he said.

EH Bildu referred to the political measures to guarantee the freedom of choice to have children or not, the reflection on the care model, the measures to reverse “the structural inequalities” between men and women, to the “project of life” of young people, and the policy to formulate a “generational change” that guarantees “solid and quality” public services, and has made some proposals.

Among them he sets a universal supplement of 150 euros per childuntil he turns 18. These policies have been proven, according to the coalition, to “promote the well-being of society and to be the most effective measures against child poverty.” In addition, they ask that children only have to pay for transport and medicines from the age of 12.

On the other hand, they have suggested to Basic income pilot project for young people between the ages of 18 and 23as well as a limit on rental prices

With regard to employment, EH Bildu has suggested: reduce working hours across the board“by the four-day shift or 32 week hours”.

Finally, he proposed a new body to “ensure that the right to dignified and universal care for people“, aiming to be as “referential” in terms of care as Osakidetza is in terms of health.

Nerea Kortajaara. Photo: EFE

Elkarrekin Podemos-IU it has also influenced the need to change government policies. According to the spokesperson Watch Gorrotxategiit is necessary to “establish diagnoses on the street” to promote “just and courageous” policy

“The government of the Basque Country likes to boast and brag about being at the forefront of protecting rights, but the Basque Country is no longer in such avant-garde positions, but more at the bottom. I hope today will serve as a go-ahead for us to be part of that avant-garde again,” he confided.

In this sense, the coalition has indicated that in order to reverse the trend, changes must be made that will accelerate the recovery of the economy purchasing powerput an end to the deterioration of the public services and progress in the recognition of the family diversityaffect the conditions of access to housing and button the job instability

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