The President of the Basque Government, Iñigo Urkullu, accompanied by the General Secretariat for External Affairs, and the Director for the Basque Community Abroad, Gorka Álvarez Aranburu, presided over the first meeting of the Advisory Board for Basque Collectives of the new legislature today.
During today's meeting, in addition to welcoming the new members of the Advisory Board for Basque Collectives, they reviewed initiatives carried out in 2020.
Despite difficulties during this difficult year, work was carried out in 2020. Proof of this is the direct, frequent contact with different communities, direct care was provided to Basques facing difficulties abroad, regular subsidy and aid programmes continued, substantial progress was made on creating the Basque Diaspora Archive within the Basque Country's Historic Archive, and the new Dantza Munduan programme was created. Moreover, in 2020, and with a design adapted to the circumstances, the third edition of the Basque Diaspora Day was commemorated.
The Advisory Board for Basque Collectives abroad is a body for the diaspora that consists of representatives of euskal etxeak and Basque administrations, presided over by the President of the Basque Government. The euskal etxeak have representation at Basque centres in North America, another in the Central and South American centres, and yet another in Europe, Asia, and Oceania's centres. These three representatives took part in the meeting, along with representatives from public administrations (Basque Government, Parliament, Provincial Councils, Eudel, University). At this meeting, they reflected on the challenges faced by the Basque diaspora in the 21st century.