Newly appointed Teresa Ribera is seeking to bridge long-term gulf between urban and rural areas
Within days of taking office, the messages had started piling up in Teresa Ribera’s inbox. The country’s first ever demography minister (the official title is deputy prime minister for the ecological transition and the demographic challenge) was left in no doubt as to the size of the task ahead to reverse Spain’s flight from rural areas.
“Maybe the scariest but most exciting thing is the sheer scale of the expectation that the creation of this ministry has generated,” Ribera said. “In the first 48 hours after it was announced, I was deluged by really interesting messages: from small, medium and large towns, from historic towns, creative towns, from farmers, from women, from cooperatives, from rural tourism outfits, from mobile pharmacies – from just about everyone.”The hollowing out of Spain – and the minister trying to reverse it
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