The Basque parties show the Lehendakari their willingness to reach agreements


EH Bildu presents itself as a “guarantee” for agreements, E. Podemos claims that the agreements are to have “dignified living conditions”, the PP offers itself as an alternative to the “left front”, the PNV has been willing to admit mistakes and the PSE-EE has defended its management.

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The main opposition parties of the Basque government have shown their willingness to reach an agreement after the lehendakari, Inigo Urkullu, during the plenary session on general policy in the Basque parliament, offered five “country pacts”, but they have demanded clarification of the “content” and a change of course. For their part, the Basque government formations, PNV and PSE-EE, have defended their governance and called on the other parties to submit proposals.


The Parliamentary Spokesperson for EH Bildu, Maddalen Iriartehas defended the need to act urgently in the face of the “degradation of public services and to prevent the spread of social inequalities”, and has offered to conclude country pacts involving the promotion of “root changes”, in which “bold, structural solutions” are formulated that guarantee well-being, security and justice for the majority”, and presume to “act like a state, even without being a state”.

Iriarte has called for “bold measures and different leadership” in the current situation because “the events of recent months have shown that it is possible and necessary to intervene in strategic sectors and introduce taxes on excessive profits.” .”


The spokeswoman in the Basque Parliament of Elkarrekin Podemos-IU Watch Gorrotxategihas been open to country agreements, but has emphasized the importance of the content of these agreements: “Yes, agreements, but what is the content?”

According to Gorrotxategi, the country pacts should serve to “dignify people’s living conditions, guarantee the rights of citizenship and be the guarantee of a more egalitarian, fairer and more cohesive Euskadi”, something his understanding is achieved with “the defense, improvement and expansion of the public.” “The audience – he emphasized – is what gives us equal conditions, regardless of the family you come from”.


The PP-Citizens Group has asked the Lehendakari to examine agreements on energy and economic affairs, with the budget for 2023 on the horizon. the spokesman Carlos Iturgaiz He stressed that these pacts should have as their main reference the concerns and future of the Basque citizens: “The pacts with the left front are deadly for the economy and society of the CAV”, he warned.

In this regard, the PP-Ciudadanos Group has indicated that it is “possible” to reach an agreement on the energy emergency plan launched by the Basque government, “legally and without shortcuts”.


Vox parliamentarian, Amaia Martinez, has strongly criticized “the PNV management model”. “A chimeric exclusive and differentiated model that we are going to demonstrate today responds more to a good political marketing exercise than to the reality that we Basques suffer and suffer on a daily basis,” he said.

In his view, the Basque Country does not need more powers, “but rather an efficient territorial model, well-sized and effectively managed”. “You know that it is very cold outside Spain and that is why you are proposing a status based on concepts such as political agreement or shared sovereignty,” he said.


The General Secretary of the PSE-EE, Eneko Andueza, has defended the role of the socialists in managing the current crisis from the governments of Euskadi and Spain and also “in Europe as a whole”. “We have shown that there was another way of dealing with crises,” he claimed during his speech at the General Policy Plenary Assembly of the Basque Parliament.

In addition, he has supported the measures announced today by the Lehendakari and has acknowledged that “tough” times lie ahead, but has emphasized that co-government can tackle difficulties with greater vigor.


The PNV spokesman in the Basque parliament, Joseba Egibar, has said he is ready to admit “mistakes” and make some “changes” in public policy to reach “country agreements”, but he warned EH Bildu that the sovereign coalition must also make its own deliberations and conduct a “critical reading” of its stance on violence, as “you cannot make progress by applying amnesia to the past”.

Egibar, who argues that it is important to have ‘strong’ institutions, pointed to the convenience of being able to repeat a fiscal pact with the opposition around the 2023 accounts this year.

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