Opening of the Atlantic Arc Commission General Assembly by the President of the Basque Country

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  • Iñigo Urkullu has called for greater participation of the Atlantic territories in European governance and in decisions on the EU Recovery Funds. 

The President of the Basque Country opened the meeting of the Atlantic Arc Commission General Assembly, which was held this morning online, under the presidency of the Basque Country. In this vein, he called for greater participation in European governance and in decisions on the EU Recovery Funds, while also advocating for the current “Atlantic Maritime Strategy”, as well as the creation of the “Atlantic Macro-region”.

The President of the Basque Country feels that this assembly is held at a particularly relevant time for the Atlantic project with the launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe and the option for the public to contribute, and the Next Generation EU programmes, which he believes can be “a step forward in the generation of solidarity between Europeans”.

In his speech, he pointed out that the Atlantic Arc Territories are facing the new post-Covid and post-Brexit reality together and expressed his satisfaction at this point with Wales’ participation “in this shared project.”

“Our Strategy and a work plan are aimed at promoting our Communities and reinforcing the Atlantic Arc in a fully Pro-European project based on collaboration”, he said, mentioning renewable energies, connectivity, and culture and tourism as examples of cooperation.

Iñigo Urkullu highlighted “humility and prudence” as “lessons learned” in the current context of the pandemic and advocated the need to promote solidarity and collaboration. “This Atlantic Arc Commission is a framework for collaboration”, he said.

Following the President of the Basque Country's welcome speech, a high-level meeting was held entitled “From an Atlantic maritime strategy to an Atlantic macro-region”, attended by the General Secretariat for External Affairs, Marian Elorza and the Director of European Affairs Mikel Antón, participated.