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The Basque Government is to set aside 0.7% of its budget for co-operation in 2012

The Basque Co-operation for Development Act came into force on 8 March 2007, a fundamental tool for the clear, effective regulation of the legal system for actions carried out by Public Administrations and developmental NGOs, which provides a proper response to the current challenges to Basque co-operation.
It is also the first law in the Spanish State that pledges to set aside 0.7% of the total Basque government expenditure budget for co-operation on a certain date, specifically in 2012.
This Act guides public co-operation policy, identifying principles and objectives that define Basque solidarity with impoverished countries and peoples. Among these principles, we should highlight that of disinterested solidarity, respect for diversity, upholding human rights and the struggle to achieve real equality between women and men. And, taking priority among the objectives is that of eradicating poverty, hunger, inequality and injustice.
This Regulation is also a necessary tool for better organising Basque co-operation. It strengthens, broadens and consolidates the functions of the Council for Co-operation in a way that contributes to ensuring that the adoption of the most important decisions, including those concerning the orientation of the co-operation, will be participative and sufficiently tested with social organisations and institutions.
For better co-ordination, the Act creates the Institutional Co-operation for Development Committee, with the presence of the Basque Government, the county councils and municipal councils; a necessary co-ordination that had been demanded by various co-operation agents for years.
The sections referring to co-operation agents and voluntary aid workers are particularly important. The fundamental role of the former - development NGOs and non-profit organisations - when it comes to channelling public solidarity is recognised in the text of the Act. In fact, their role as the principal agents of Basque co-operation is recognised with legal support.
And, with respect to voluntary aid workers, the articles include legal recognition of those persons who dedicate their efforts to solidarity with impoverished peoples in order to ensure that they carry out this important task under the best possible conditions, with maximum guarantees.



Source: Presidence of Gouvernment - General Secretary of Communication

Fecha de la última modificación: 26/05/2008