· The President of the Basque Government and President Gilles Simeoni held a meeting online during which they signed a Memorandum of Institutional Cooperation
· Iñigo Urkullu expressed his satisfaction with the “historic step” taken by the French National Assembly in favour of Basque and Corsican languages.
· He showed his concern about the pandemic and insisted on the need to fully comply with the measures since it is "the most effective way to prevent new restrictions
President of the Basque Country Iñigo Urkullu and the President of Corsica Gilles Simeoni held a meeting online this afternoon, during which they signed a Memorandum of Cooperation, which will allow the institutions in Euskadi and Corsica to promote the development of bilateral relations and provide a common basis for future partnerships. Also present at the meeting were the General Secretary for Foreign Action Marián Elorza and the Director of European Affairs, Mikel Antón.
The agreement meets the commitment of both governments to establish a formal and stable channel of communication, given the close ties that unite both communities, which have a strong cultural identity.
In this regard, the President of the Basque Country expressed his satisfaction with the recent decision of the French National Assembly in favour of the Corsican and Basque languages, which he has described as a “historic step” given how he believes that “it is a inflection to revitalise our language, education, identity and culture within the framework of a Europe that considers its diversity as an asset”.
It was also mentioned at the meeting that the LABI Technical Commission had held a few hours previously to analyse the progress of the pandemic and gave assurance that the situation “continues to be worrisome", the reason why the Government will continue to analyse the data. today “to anticipate the measures that allow us to overcome this situation as soon as possible”
At this point, he insisted on the need to thoroughly comply with the measures that have been adopted since it is “the most effective way to prevent new restrictions.”
The President of the Basque Country explained that Corsica and the Basque Country have demonstrated the ability to face the challenges of the future throughout their history while maintaining their deep historical and cultural roots and has opted for institutional collaboration and the drive “for our self-governance”.
"This Memorandum opens a path that will result in the improvement of the well-being of our respective citizens within the framework of the project for a new Europe that we share,” he concluded.
The agreement signed today has an initial application period of five years and identifies a series of work areas in which joint projects and initiatives will be promoted, such as:
· The policies for the linguistic normalisation of Basque and Corsican, in particular, to promote their learning, revitalisation and use.
· The policies of relations and links with the diaspora or community residing abroad, in particular, sharing the structures, communication channels, tools or regulations that enable and facilitate interconnection.
· Cooperation in the framework of European affairs to demand a greater consideration of our institutions, in particular, in the governance and decision-making processes in the European Union.
Corsica is now part of the Basque Country strategic relations network held with Flanders, Bavaria, Quebec or Jiangsu, among others.