Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Vitoria, September 22 (EFE).- Lehendakari, Inigo Urcullu, called this Thursday for a permanent commission between the Basque government and the central government to “guarantee full compliance with the Guarnica Statute.”

At the plenary session of the General Policy that opens the parliamentary course this Thursday in Euskadi, Urcullu lamented that 43 years after its ratification, the Basque Statute is the only one of all the autonomous communities that has not been “updated” and not completed. Despite being “an organic law which directly develops the Constitution”.

He criticized that “habitually” Basque policies are “permanently pending attack by a law or state regulation” because at the moment the government approves decree laws and makes decisions in sectoral conferences without considering “multinational realities”. .

“It concerns me that a party commits itself to the role of the sole interpreter of the law and whether and when it is appropriate” for each transfer, explained Urkullu, who called for “rejecting the temptation of unilateralism” to seek bilateral agreement” to complete the statute and thus after years The year could end the ‘deadlock’.

In this sense, Lehendkari demanded compliance with the calendar to shift the pending conferences that both executives agreed to 2020 and called for the implementation of “three political trends” as a “proof of confidence”.

One of them is to set up a standing commission between the two governments to set the “form and basis” of each pending transfer. “We are committed to negotiating and agreeing” and establishing a “guarantee system” to fulfill the agreement, he stressed.

Urkullu also requested that open negotiations on the transfer of railways be completed “immediately” and that bilateral working groups be created “immediately” to discuss the five competences sent by the Basque government: meteorology, protection of cinematography, coastal management. , migration and marine rescue.

“We are at a turning point” and so the time has come not only to “consolidate recognized self-government” but also to “update, deepen and expand it” as well as “avoid recent temptations through aggressive legislation”.

Urkullu claims, as another way to strengthen self-government, the participation of Basque institutions in “decision-making forums and European and international organizations” for activities that continue to develop in the area of ​​competence of the Basque Country.

He defended a Europe “understood as a union of the peoples that make it up, based on subsidiarity principles and with multilevel governance” that “gives a place to peoples, nations, societies and governments” within it.

Lehendkari also advocated building a “stronger, more integrated” Europe and called for a “refounding” of the EU to make it “a relevant actor” in current times of “crisis and uncertainty”.

These changes must include, according to him, “a new relationship plan with neighboring countries” and “a review of its governance” to determine “which decisions should be taken unanimously and which by qualified majority”. He also advocated “creating a common defense space”. EFE

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