Vitoria, Sep 22 (EFE).- The Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, called this Thursday for a permanent commission between the Basque government and the central government to “guarantee respect for the Statute of Gernika in its entirety”.

During the plenary session of General Policy that inaugurates this Thursday the parliamentary course in Euskadi, Urkullu lamented that 43 years after its approval, the Basque Statute is the only one of all the autonomous communities that has not been “updated”. and has not been completed although it is an “organic law that directly develops the Constitution”.

He criticized the fact that “in practice” Basque politicians “are constantly waiting to be invaded by a law or a state regulation” because at that time the government approved decree laws and made decisions in sectoral conferences without taking into account the “multinational reality”.

“It worries me that a party assumes the role of sole interpreter of the law and specifies whether or not it is appropriate and when” each transfer, explained Urkullu, who called for “banishing the temptation of the ‘unilateralism and the search for bilateral agreements’ to complete the Statute and thus put an end to years of ‘stagnation’.

In this sense, the Lehendakari demanded respect for the timetable to transfer the pending conferences on which the two executives agreed in 2020 and, as “proof of confidence”, demanded that “three political impulses” materialize .

One of them is the convening of a permanent commission between the two governments to fix “the forms and the bases” of each pending transfer. “We are committed to negotiating and agreeing” and it is also necessary to establish a “guarantee system” for the agreement to be respected, he stressed.

Urkullu also demanded that the open negotiation of the transfer in the matter of railways be completed “immediately” and that bilateral working groups be created “immediately” to negotiate the five competences transmitted by the Basque government: meteorology, protection of cinematography , coastal management , migration and maritime rescue.

“We are at a turning point” and it is therefore time not only to “consolidate the recognized autonomy”, but also to “update, deepen and extend it”, as well as “to avoid the temptations of recentralisation by invasive legislation”.

Urkullu asked, as another means of strengthening autonomy, the participation of Basque institutions in “decision-making forums and European and international organizations” for the actions that will be developed in the areas of competence of the Basque Country.

He defended a Europe “understood as the union of the peoples that compose it, based on the principle of subsidiarity and with multilevel governance” that gives “space to the peoples, nations, societies and governments” that compose it.

The Lehendakari also advocated the construction of a “strong, more integrated” Europe and called for a “refoundation” of the EU so that it is “a relevant actor” in this period of “crisis and uncertainty”. .

This change must include, according to him, “a new pattern of relations with neighboring countries” and a “review of its governance” to determine “which decisions must be adopted unanimously and which by qualified majority”. He also spoke out in favor of “the creation of a common defense space”. EFE


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