The Basque Government, the Territorial Councils and the Municipalities of The Basque Country are committed to developing positive policies for the Family and Children
• Urkullu, González, Rementeria, Olano and Landa sign a Pact for families and children
• "Increase the birth rate and increase aid to families with children is a country objective"
• In the Basque Country 18 thousand girls and boys are born per year; the average age of maternity is 33.4 years and the fertility rate is 1.39
• The fundamental values that make up the Pact are: respect, equality, recognition, solidarity and autonomy
• On December 20, the Basque Family Council approved it unanimously
• "Euskadi, as part of European society, has the challenge of developing social, cultural and economic policies that face the progressive aging of the population and the need to promote births"
• The Pact will be specified in the Action Plan for this term in the area of support for families and children that will be approved within the first quarter
• The Plan foresees an increase of 2 to 3 annuities in the aid for the second daughter or son, which will mean an additional investment of up to 5 million euros per year
The Basque President (Lehendakari in basque language) Iñigo Urkullu considers that the Pact for Family and Children signed this morning by the Basque Government, the Territorial Councils and the Basque municipalities "responds to the demographic challenge and the commitment to youth, a shared priority in our vision of the future of The Basque Country". With the presence of representatives of social organizations and the third sector, the Territorials General Deputies Ramiro González, Unai Rementería and Markel Olano, the president of Eudel Imanol Landa and the Lehendakari have ratified the agreement approved on December 20 by the Basque Family Council.
Iñigo Urkullu thanked the public administrations and the social entities that work in the field of family and childhood "the contributions received and the spirit of shared work, which have contributed to the Pact in a long institutional and social commitment scope. Our shared objective is to help and support families and children in Euskadi (the Basque Country). This is the "common good" we want to promote".
"This Pact is based on a shared diagnosis and articulates a coordinated action of policies that respond to two structural phenomena: the persistence of obstacles that make it difficult for people to start their family project and have the desired number of sons and daughters, that is, low birth rates. In Euskadi some 18 thousand girls and boys are born per year; the average age of maternity is 33.4 years and the fertility rate is 1.39" explained the Basque President.
Likewise, Inigo Urkullu highlighted the "difficulties in breaking the intergenerational transmission of inequalities as a consequence of the economic deficiencies of families with children, that is, the questioning of the principle of equal opportunities".