The fourth vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, He is finalizing a “rural erasmus” that he hopes to be able to present in full before the summer and make it a reality at the end of the next academic year.
One measure, Ribera explained in the presentation in Huesca of the preliminary ideas of the presentation on the demographic challenge in the framework of the 40th Congress of PSOE, Inspired by a “groundbreaking” initiative of the University of Zaragoza – an internship program for university students in companies, institutions and associations of municipalities with less than 3,000 inhabitants launched in 2018 with the provincial council.
This internship employment program is included between the 130 measures of the plan designed by the Government Delegate Commission for the Demographic Challenge, approved by the Government and endowed with 10,000 million euros for the next three years.
It is an initiative so that students, in their case of Vocational training, live an experience in small rural environments and contribute their knowledge, staying in houses in the towns where they carry out their work, explained the vice president.
It has specified, in this regard, that it is working on the academic aspects, with the Conference of Rectors, professional experience of internships and accommodation, and the purpose is to activate the entire process of calls in October so that it becomes a reality at the end of the next course.
This is one of the issues related to the demographic challenge to which Ribera has referred in a meeting in Huesca in which he has participated Hana Jalloul, coordinator of the presentation 40th Congress of the PSOE; Miguel Gracia, president of the Huesca Provincial Council and president of the Depopulation and Demographic Challenge Commission of the FEMP; and Denis Itxaso, speaker of the chapter “Autonomous Spain and Demographic Challenge”.
A demographic challenge that for Ribera emphasizes “a look that has probably eluded us for too long, although we had it in front of us”, before a “megatrend” of urbanization in large urban agglomerations that generates large distortions in the territory, in Spain without comparison with central Europe, and that in addition to Teruel, Soria and Cuenca, affects a good number of provinces if the large nuclei are excluded.
“It is incredibly obvious that it is one of the greatest inequalities and inequities that has passed us without having seen it,” stressed the vice president.
According to Jalloul, they are almost 4,000 municipalities with a population density of less than 12 inhabitants per square kilometer, the demographic risk threshold set by the European Union, and the challenge is “colossal” for Itxaso, because it is “the mother of all inequalities” -from social to territorial or intergenerational-, and therefore the answers must be ” complex “, also trying to be immediate.
Thus, all the participants agreed on the need to promote digitization, access to services such as health or education, housing or infrastructure. “Rights and opportunities, that is the concept of freedom that represents us”, Ribera has summarized, for whom this matter has to do with the democratic system itself given the feeling that many parts of the country have that they are “the Spain that does not matter.”
“This has to go down in history”, the vice president has emphasized, who has admitted that there are no possible “lurchs” that solve all the problems from one month to the next, because they are structural and with differences according to the territories, so it is necessary “a lot of fine rain”, a “constant commitment” and “pay new opportunities and rights”. In the meeting, both Jalloul and Ribera lamented the death of a 40-year-old woman at the hands of her partner in Alovera (Guadalajara), a scourge that Spain with fewer inhabitants and with greater difficulty also suffers and is also part of the Government priorities, the vice president has remarked.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.