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Promoting youth emancipation in the Basque Country: Towards the European average for 2030

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Strategy of the Basque Government in favor of youth emancipation

El Basque government He has not been oblivious to the worrying situation of young people who are unable to become independent. Currently, the average age of emancipation exceeds 30 years, a considerably high number compared to the European average. The intention is clear: bring this figure closer to the EU-27 average by 2030.

understanding of the situation

The data offered by the Youth Council of Spain have not left Jonan Fernández, Secretary General of Social Transition and the 2030 Agenda, indifferent. The concern is manifest, but the action is even more tangible. It is intended to reduce the average age of emancipation in the Basque Country, which in 2021 stood at 29,7 years.

Key initiatives of the Basque Executive

Two have been the initiatives that set the tone in this mission. The first, the Youth Law approved in February 2022, which seeks promote anticipation of the age of emancipation of young people. The second, a “Basque 2030 Strategy” that prioritizes youth emancipation, seeking to bring the emancipation rate to 50% in young people between 25 and 29 years of age and 75% in those between 30 and 34 years of age.

Areas of action

To achieve these objectives, the Basque Government has identified five strategic areas: employment, housing, income improvement, intragenerational cohesion and resilience. Each of these axes has tractor projects, such as the Emanzipa Program, which will offer financial aid to young people in the process of emancipation.

The General Secretary for Social Transition and the 2030 Agenda of the Basque Government, Jonan Fernández

Complementary measures

But it is not only about direct financial aid. There is an ecosystem of measures that seek collaborate with the young generation in their autonomy processes. These measures include tax deductions, youth employment programs, and tools to prevent exclusion.

The actions of the Basque Government, more than isolated measures, are part of a comprehensive plan to change the panorama of youth emancipation in the Basque Country. The purpose is clear and the tools to achieve it are clear: encourage advancement in the age of emancipation and provide a better future for Basque youth.

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