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Beatriz Artolazabal with Marianne Thyssen in the "Citizen Dialogue" organized by the European Commission in Bilbao: "the Basque Country is in the advanced line of development that marks Brussels”

2018 January 26


• Visit to the Basque Country by the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Marianne Thyssen

• Both institutional representatives chat with young basques in the Euskalduna Palace


Bilbao 2018 01 26


The Minister of Employment and Social Policies of the Basque Government, Beatriz Artolazabal, believes that "the Basque Country (“Euskadi” in basque language) is in the advanced line of development that marks Brussels and to which we add our know-how and a clear will to achieve a developed society and a clear and urgent goal it is the reduction of youth unemployment and the access to a first job with the highest possible quality ".


Artolazabal participated this morning, together with the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Marianne Thyssen, in a "Citizen Dialogue" or meeting with young people developed in the Euskalduna Conference Center organized by the European Commission with the support of the Basque Government and the Novia de Salcedo Foundation. The Commissioner has been accompanied by Ms Aránzazu Beristain, director of the European Commission in Madrid on her behalf for Spain; Piet Van Nuffel, member of his Cabinet in addition to Ms Cristina Gallarch, component of the Commission delegation.

The basque Minister of Employment and Social Policies has requested a "special attention to the access to the labor market of our young people favoring their integration and promoting horizons of vital stability that enable their personal and professional development".

"Not only we advance positively in the labor field of the young people, also the unemployment rate of persons with disabilities is the lowest in the state with 16% compared to 31% in Spain. We are at the forefront of Europe in employment for people with intellectual disabilities higher than 65% ", explained Ms Artolazabal to Commissioner Thyssen.

"The policies and actions that institutions and companies carry out in the areas of education, employment, housing, social cohesion, health, social action, culture, leisure, consumption and sustainable mobility -all are part of the European Social Pillar, in which our Country participates from the beginning for the construction of this new Europe" Ms Artolazabal said.

The main issues addressed in the meeting have referred to Youth Employment Policies in the EU and The Social Pillar and the Future of Europe. "Young people are a collective especially permeable to change and social transformations. They are also the basis of any advance and social transformation" has highlighted Ms Artolazabal.

According to the basque Minister "our objective is the generation of job opportunities for young people: opportunities in the Basque Country. President Jean-Claude Juncker constantly poses the redefinition of a more contemporary and more social Europe based on his Youth. We agree fully".

Common interest

"The fight against youth unemployment is another priority of the first order for the European Union. The promotion of employment and social policies is a matter of common interest, shared by all States and by all countries, as is our case" added Ms Beatriz Artolazabal.

Since 2013 the number of unemployed young people in the EU has fallen by 1.6 million and the number of young people who neither study nor work has decreased by 900,000.

Artolazabal has indicated that "the Basque Country is in that advanced line that Brussels marks and to which we add our know-how and a clear will to achieve an advanced and solidary society. A clear and urgent objective is the reduction of youth unemployment and access to a decent first job, fair, and with the highest possible quality".

"Not only we advance positively in the labor field of the young people, also the Basque rate of unemployment of persons with disabilities is the lowest in the state with 16% compared to 31% in Spain. We are at the head of Europe in employment for people with intellectual disabilities higher than 65% "added Artolazabal in reference to the social commitment of the Basque Government.

Artolazabal explained that "we are creating favorable conditions for employment and programs that facilitate the development of skills for access, permanence and construction of work trajectories for young people. This is of vital importance and requires a shared commitment between institutions, business world and social organizations, being clear that we need more and better employment ".

The basque Minister of Employment and Social Policies has highlighted "the direct and exact knowledge that regions and countries, with sub-state governments such as ours, observe about the social conditions of the various communities that make up the Union and that is why we have the capacity to carry out direct and effective policies".

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