Toledo becomes a benchmark for the social economy



Within the framework of the European Capital of the Social Economy that the city holds during this 2020, the Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Diaz, the regional president, Emiliano García-Page, and the mayor of Toledo, Milagros Toulon, has inaugurated this Friday at the “El Greco” Conference Center the High Level Meeting of the Social and Solidarity Economy “The Social Economy for an Inclusive, Sustainable and Fair Recovery”. A meeting between government representatives, parliamentary representatives and international social organizations to talk and articulate alliances to promote the Social Economy in the recovery scenario after the pandemic. An appointment in which the Declaration of Toledo in favor of the Social Economy will also be approved.

At this inauguration, the Minister of Labor and Social Economy began her speech with the verses of Rafael Alberti on Toledo, which “stands on a history made of violent contrasts and saving harmonies”, has ensured that this definition of the city of The Three Cultures resembles in part “Europe itself”, where the “crisis and fractures also draw advances in a common project.”

Yolanda Díaz has pointed out that «we are in the European Capital of the Social Economy of 2020, a complex year that is testing us in so many ways and Toledo has consecrated a collective effort, a dialogue around the matter of which it is made the social economy that people are.

«Toledo, a city of universality, cultural diversity and understanding, will help to think and rethink a roadmap for the social economy. We know its values, its capacity for integration and cohesion of a sustainable economic model that is at the same time a true containment dam against inequality, “added the minister to recall that the social economy not only generates 14.5 million jobs in the EU, but guarantees quality work with rights.

In this framework, the Minister of Labor and Social Economy has asked to place people and decent work at the heart of reconstruction, as that also means betting on the social economy.

The mayor, for her part, affirmed that Toledo’s declaration in favor of the Social Economy reinforces the international and historical projection of the capital of Castilla-La Mancha “as a city of agreements and consensuses” and has stressed that this year “We have contributed to the Social Economy being better known in our society and its community importance could be better visualized.” Opening new horizons to the Social Economy «is a bet for the future because the values ​​that this model entails are fundamental to reflect on which society we want to build for the future. A future that is inseparable from the collective responses that we give to the challenges set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ”, he said Milagros Toulon.

In this sense, the mayor of the city has assured that the Social Economy also reinforces social cohesion and equal opportunities, “demonstrating that wealth can also be generated without renouncing social rights and helping to create employment.”

On the other hand, the municipal councilor has stated that those who have government responsibilities in local entities, “we move in the economy of the near”, which allows us to know the needs of our neighbors much better than other administrative bodies. An endeavor, the mayor said, in which the entities of the Social Economy are “great allies.”

In recent weeks, Toledo has hosted different events that have put this sector at the forefront of attention, he recalled Milagros Toulon highlighting its importance as it contributes to shedding light on more than 2.8 million European companies and entities, which concentrate more than thirteen and a half million jobs and whose contribution to the Community GDP is 8%, «some significant data already have in bill”.

“We are going to come out stronger”

On your side, Emiliano Garcia-Page has indicated that the EU “has gained confidence in itself” after Brexit and has managed to “embrace” socially, “pushing forward in a qualitative leap that translates into shared recovery projects towards the Europe of cohesion.”

In his speech, García-Page He has referred to Toledo as a city that has remade itself and has discovered itself, just like Europe, “we know that we are going to come out of this experience strengthened”, at the same time that he has stated that with the example of Toledo, ” what lasts over the years is what people want it to last. ‘

Now in Europe “there is competition to grow” within a “capitalism with a soul” and “with the intention of distributing”, a balance that “has been exposed to much turbulence but which will emerge stronger from this crisis.”

Program of the day

In this Saturday’s session, which will be held until 1:30 p.m., the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights will intervene by videoconference, Nicolas Schmit, the Secretary General of the OECD, Ángel Gurría and the Director General of the ILO, Guy Ryder, as well as representatives of governments and European institutions and of heads of entities of the Social Economy. The afternoon program will take place between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and will serve to develop the second meeting of the Spanish presidency of the Follow-up Committee of the Luxembourg Declaration Committee.

In the course of this meeting, a balance will be made of the Toledo Declaration: The Social and Solidarity Economy as a key agent for an inclusive and sustainable future and of the activities developed during the Spanish presidency of the Follow-up Committee of the Luxembourg Declaration. It will also serve for the next host country, Portugal, to take over the chairmanship of said committee.

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