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Brussels warns of the “great depopulation” in Spain and foresees that Europe will concentrate 4% of the world population by 2070

Brussels warns of the “great depopulation” in Spain and foresees that Europe will concentrate 4% of the world population by 2070

MADRID, June 14 (EUROPA PRESS) –

The vice-president of the European Commission responsible for Democracy and Demography, Dubravka Suica, has warned this Wednesday of the “great depopulation” that exists in rural areas of Spain and has indicated that it is expected that “Europeans represent only 4 percent of world population” by 2070.

At an informative breakfast organized by the Nueva Economia Forum during his visit to Spain, Suica warned that this situation, which will lead to a “drastic” reduction in the population, “will have economic consequences”, although he has admitted the limitations when it comes to taking measures in this regard. “We cannot force anyone to have children, it is a personal decision, but we can influence it indirectly,” he asserted.

“Representing only 4 percent does not coincide with our idea of ​​being world leaders”, he pointed out before highlighting cohesion policies as the “most important for the European Commission”, which seeks to use them in the “most effective way possible “.

“It depends on the national, regional and local authorities how to use these policies. (…) We have taken a long-term vision for populations because we have seen that 80 percent of Europe is covered by rural areas, and this 80 percent cent is only inhabited by a third of the European population, that is, 130 million people,” he explained.

Suica has thus stated that this implies that rural areas “have great potential” and has stated that in the case of Spain, where the problem of depopulation is “tremendous”, the EU is “trying to address this issue to change the trend and create a conducive environment”.

The Croatian politician, who was mayor of the city of Dubrovnik in the early 2000s, has recalled that although there are already 8,000 million people on the planet, “in Europe the population is shrinking” and has expressed that expectations are high ahead of the Spanish presidency of the European Union, which will begin on July 1.

“When you are at the helm of Europe for six months you have to have things clear because as captain of the ship you have to think about the 27 member countries. (…) Despite the political colors, priorities must prevail”, has asserted de ahead of a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Jose Manuel Albares.

In this sense, he has emphasized the importance of equality policies and has asked to take into account the “different demographic movements”, also within the States themselves. “The Spanish presidency will be fundamental and I am impatient to see what it does; it will meet our expectations”, he said.

Regarding the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary, he highlighted the importance of the general elections – scheduled for July 23 – and clarified that “when the political parties do not agree, the elections are the best time for the citizens can solve these questions”.

SHORTAGE OF WORKERS

Suica has also addressed the possibility of forging alliances with third countries to “promote the labor insertion” of migrants who arrive in Europe. “We have agreements with countries in North Africa and Asia to manage this regular migration effectively. There are economic consequences if we do nothing, serious consequences,” she asserted.

Likewise, he stressed that there are currently 2.6 European workers for each retiree, an average that could reach 1.6 workers for each retiree, something that “is not sustainable unless all salaries increase by 62 percent “. “This is not viable, we want there to be more workers and address this issue because the populations of each country have their own perspectives,” she said.

For this reason, he specified, the EU seeks “to be attractive not only for them but also for new people who come to live in rural areas” and has vindicated cohesion policies and investments in these areas. “We live longer but the pension and long-term care systems are no longer going to be sustainable. We see what happens in France, people no longer want to retire at 64, but things are not sustainable as they are. ( …) Perhaps we have to delay the retirement age even without working full time. We have to be more flexible in cases where people want to continue working,” he continued.

POPULISM

Suica has emphasized the importance of the rural pact and has qualified that it is important “to vote for those politicians who want and have an interest in promoting and boosting rural areas.” “In the populist parties, things are promoted that in the end do not lead anywhere,” he added.

“If you ask me what the definition of populism is, I will say that it is to promise things that in the end cannot be executed later,” he clarified before referring to the threat of lower birth rates in some countries. “The European average is 1.5 children for each woman, but we need it to rise to 2.1 to be able to maintain ourselves as we are,” she lamented.

In addition, he has qualified that there are indications that “the poorer the population, the more children it has” something that is being studied. “My portfolio is a transversal portfolio, but we need sociologists and scientists to help us find solutions, and we are anxiously waiting for the Spanish presidency to start so that we can continue fighting against depopulation. We cannot change things overnight but if we don’t do something, Europe will not be competitive enough”, he reiterated.

Regarding this matter, he has clarified that competitiveness is “the most important issue in Europe” and has stated that “if we want to compete with China or the United States we have to address this phenomenon because demography underlies the digital and green priority”, something which he described as “extremely important”.

INVASION OF UKRAINE

Lastly, Suica addressed the possible entry of Ukraine into the EU and pointed out that “nobody has a crystal ball or knows when the war will end”. “It is a complicated issue, but we are helping Ukraine and we will continue to do so no matter what,” she stressed.

“The European Commission is clear about this and we are investing a lot of resources to help Ukraine defend its democracy and ours. Ukraine has already become a candidate country because we want to show that we consider them part of our family. A part of my portfolio has to to do with Ukrainian children, many of whom are already in Europe and others on Ukrainian soil,” he said.

On this matter, he has expressed that “there are children who are being forcibly deported to Russia”, a figure that, according to his calculations, now amounts to 20,000. “With the help of UNICEF and the Red Cross, we try to help them, but it is not easy. The issue of deported children is tremendous, there are many orphans who arrive at different centers in Europe and we are trying to give them a family,” he pointed out.

“Ukrainians are part of our family, they are defending their democracy and we hope we can help them. I work in a package to defend democracy, which I find incredible, but there is a lot of ‘fake news’ and we are trying to promote transparency to understand who finances who”, has exposed.

In turn, he has insisted that the EU “will be firmly on Ukraine’s side” and has stated that the reconstruction of the country “has already begun”, especially in some kindergartens and nurseries.

“We are already helping them so that some families can return to their country, but all this is anecdotal because a project has to be drawn up once the war is over,” he concluded.

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