- Iñigo Urkullu, Alain Rousset and María Chivite met for the first meeting, online, since the Basque Country took up the presidency of this cross-border entity
- An analysis was made of the general lines for the next 7 years, which will focus on sustainability, digitalization, social cohesion and employment
This afternoon, the Basque Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu had a meeting, online, with the President of the Regional Council of Aquitaine, Alain Rousset, and the president of the Government of Navarra, María Chivite, on the subject of the Nouvelle Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarra Euroregion.
This was the first meeting to take place since the presidency of this cross-border body was transferred from Navarra to the Basque Country. The changeover had been scheduled for the General Assembly to have taken place in March, but which was finally cancelled due to COVID-19.
Since then the Euroregion has continued with its normal work.
At today’s meeting, the leaders of Euskadi, Nouvelle Aquitaine and Navarra reviewed and updated the situation of the pandemic in their respective territories, also analysing the impact of border being closed between Spain and France and the current restrictions on the citizens and companies in the cross-border region.
The meeting also served to take stock of the Euroregion Strategic Plan which comes to an end this year and to establish the general lines of the future plan, whose pillars will be sustainability, digitalization, social cohesion and employment, with the horizon set at 2027.
In his intervention, the Lehendakari expressed “a heartfelt thought” for all those who have died in these months and voiced his wish to strengthen collaboration “in order to better respond to this global pandemic”.
He also recalled that this period coincides with the new stage of the EU budget which, he believes, must serve to strengthen the founding principles of the Euroregion, i.e. cross-border cooperation; promotion of the European Atlantic area; and the participation of “our Communities in the governance of a Europe built from the bottom up” – he said.