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A delegation from Slovenia is interested in the Social Policies managed by the Basque Country (Euskadi)

2023 September 25
  • Meeting in Bilbao with the Department of Equality, Justice and Social Policies of the Basque Government
  • Interest in long-term care applied in the Autonomous Community

 

 Bilbao, 2023 09 25

A delegation of institutional representatives from Slovenia held a meeting this morning in Bilbao with the management team of the Department of Equality, Justice and Social Policies of the Basque Government to learn how long-term care, care for the elderly, family are managed in the Basque Country. and childhood and social services.

 Among them were Irena Kralj, director of social services of Dolenjska-Bela Krajina, Kristina Zadel Skrabolje, director of Primorsko-Notranjska; Tjasa Rodman, by Južna Primorska; Patricija Moze, from Severna Primorska; Olga Bezensek Lalic, from Celje; Rok Zupanc, from Zasavje; Sandra Babic, from Pomurje; Tatjana Milavec, general secretary of the Association of Social Services of Slovenia and Miran Kerin, director of Spodnje Podravje and responsible for International Cooperation as well as representative in the ESN-European Social Network. Last week they held a similar meeting in A Coruña with the directorates of the social services of Galicia.

 At the meeting, held in the auditorium of the Historical Archive of Euskadi, Vice-Minister Mrs Lide Amilibia greeted the Slovenian delegation and highlighted the opportunity that “a high degree of autonomy like the Basque does to develop its own social policies and advanced within the European Union.

 “In the Basque Country we have a special sensitivity for all issues related to Social Services. Our population is like that of Slovenia: 2.2 million inhabitants. Our government observes a humanistic and supportive character with all people. With those who need it most. Our commitment to the European Pillar of Social Rights is decisive. “We widely share the policies and directives that emerge from Brussels,” Mrs Amilibia stressed.

 According to the basque Vice-Minister of Social Policies “thanks to our political autonomy we promote many initiatives and actions always along the lines set by the European Commission. Many of our actions are among the most advanced and pioneering. This new Europe that we are all creating - here we are Slovenia and the Basque Country - must be based on the principle that the most important thing is people. It's something we all agree on."

 Along with Vice Minister Amilibia, the directors of Family and Childhood and Social Services, Irune Muguruza and Marian Olabarrieta, as well as Eugenio Artetxe, director of Justice, and departments advisor Mr Emilio Sola, participated.

 Families

Irune Muguruza has detailed the application of the Basque Pact for Families and Children and the Aid Program for daughters and sons, in operation since 2023 and which provides for a monthly check of 200 euros for each child up to three years old plus 100 euros monthly for each child between three and seven years old from the third child. “In the cases of descendants with a disability equal to or greater than 33% or a recognized dependency situation, both amounts will be doubled, up to 400 and 200 euros per month respectively,” he told the delegation of Slovenia.

 The Slovenian directors have been interested in the Basque deductions in the Personal Income Tax, maternity and paternity leave for both parents, paid leave for breastfeeding, the benefit for large families, single parents or those with disabled parents or the complement to childhood with an aid per dependent child of between 50 and 100 euros per month for each minor to which low-income families will also have access Bonus for hiring a caregiver.

 Other aspects of Basque social policies of interest to Slovenia have been the well-being of children and family; foster care, guardianship, approval of legal proceedings for minors, prevention, and action in cases of domestic violence, maternity and paternity leave and benefits, economic social assistance to adults and families, assistance to families in the home. Home care or personal assistance, among other topics discussed.

 Caring society

Miran Kerin, director of the Social Policy office of Spodnje Podravje, has been particularly interested in Emilio Sola's explanations about caring societies: “At some point in our lives, all people have been cared for, we will be cared for and we must take care of other people” Mr Sola indicated.

 “Attention to unwanted loneliness is also a challenge for caring societies. Improving the integration and community involvement of all people increases cohesion and intergenerational solidarity. Aging in one's home is a preference for the vast majority of aging people, including those who require long-term care," stressed Emilio Sola.

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  • Emilio Sola; Rafaél López Arostegi; Miran Kerin, Irena Kralj, Kristina Zadel Skrabolje,; Tjasa Rodman, Patricija Moze, Olga Bezensek Lalic, Rok Zupanc,; Sandra Babic,; Tatjana Milavec,