Speech by Maddalen Iriarte of EH Bildu

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EH Bildu believes it is time to validate country agreements in a “cooperative and democratic” manner. Otherwise, Iriarte said, “the fundamental rights of citizens cannot be guaranteed.”

Euskaraz irakurri: Herri akordioak aurrera ateratzeko bemea EH Bildu izango dela esan du Iriartek

“When you talk about country agreements, which agreements are you talking about and with whom would you like to make those agreements?” This is the question of the EH Bildu parliamentarian, Maddalen Iriarte, in response to Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu’s offer to reach five country agreements. From the coalition of the nationalist left, the position is clear: “if there are opportunities to” country agreements EH Bildu will be there” and “it will be the guarantee to move them forward”.

In his speech at the General Policy Debate in the Basque Parliament, Iriarte declared that it is time to “validate these pacts in a cooperative and democratic way”, for which he considers it essential to “forge solid and broad alliances”. In this sense, he reminded Urkullu that he promised to hold a consultation in 2015 on a “new political statute proposal”, but that today, seven years later, he has “limited himself to requesting compliance with the Gernika statute”, thereby he has returned to “the starting square”. “Is this going to be his legacy?” he wondered.

Iriarte has assured that EH Bildu has the will to make a pact for sovereignty with as many agents as possible because his coalition wants “the people who live and work in Euskal Herria decide everything and decide here, without guardianship or restrictions”.

He also explained that many of the proposals proposed by the nationalist coalition as the basis of the “welfare pact” require sovereignty in the face of the current crisis. It would be an agreement with five areas: energy, housing, public services, taxation and the distribution of corporate profits. For all these reasons, he has demanded the Lehendakari to specify how he proposes these agreements, who will participate in them and what will happen to them.

A new historical period

On the other hand, Iriarte has pointed out that we are immersed in “a new historical period marked by great convulsions”, mentioning, among other things, the war and the pandemic in Ukraine. According to him, this scenario is the result of a series of political decisions made in recent years, including decisions by the Basque government. If it is not recognized, he added, it will be difficult to “establish a shared and detailed diagnosis of the situation”. It is necessary to analyze what is not there to “change course” and “make decisions”.

In terms of energy, for example, Iriarte believes that this country’s energy dependence is “unsustainable” and stressed that “we have not reached this situation because of a bad run”. “It is largely a result of the energy policies that have been adopted,” he said, calling for “a long-term energy strategy”.

In tax matters, he advocates progressivity, asking for a “greater effort” from higher-profit companies, such as energy companies, and creating a wealth tax.

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Source: EITB

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