EAJ-PNV sends a delegation to Kurdistan to support the Kurdish people‘s right to decide their future by democratic means
Mikel Burzako, the head of the EBB‘s Department of Foreign Affairs, has travelled to the city of Erbil to attend the independence referendum
Ortuzar: “We shall be advocating a new status in which Euskadi is recognised as a nation” and establishes “bilateral relations with the state”
“A free Euskadi. That is our goal and that is our path. We shall be advocating a new status in which Euskadi is recognised as a nation, as a political subject on equal terms with a bilateral relationship with the state. Let Basques be governed by Basque institutions. And let the Basques decide on their own future.” With this reflection, Andoni Ortuzar closed his speech at the Aberri Eguna celebrations held in the Plaza Nueva square in Bilbao, before around 4000 EAJ-PNV members and sympathisers. The celebrations lasted well into the evening at the city‘s El Arenal boulevard, with a sit-down meal and subsequent procession. Basque Premier Iñigo Urkullu spoke before Mr. Ortuzar and supported the “validity of the PNV model. We must remain consistent, because we are sure that we are going in the right direction and that one day we will reach our goal: we are a nation and we shall continue advancing with more democracy and plurality towards our recognition and our freedom”, said Mr. Urkullu.
EAJ-PNV expresses satisfaction with implementation of an ETA disarmament which is “lawful, final and without giving anything in return”
The Governing council (EBB) of the EAJ-PNV expressed its satisfaction with the events of the day when ETA proceeded to disarm and effectively cease to be an armed organisation. The EBB praised the atmosphere of normality in which the events organised in Iparralde throughout the day took place, with no incidents being recorded. The central event in Bayonne was attended by Pako Arizmendi, Chair of the Ipar Buru Batzar. Arizmendi took to the stage in the Place St. André square with other political and social groups to symbolise the support of the EAJ-PNV for the work done by the “Peace Artisans”.
EAJ-PNV (Basque National Party) pays tribute to the nationalist women, the "true conveyors of the militant ethos
The party paid tribute to over 500 women during a ceremony held at Sabin Etxea that combined emotion, music, humour and surprises; Itxaso Atutxa and Andoni Ortuzar spoke emotively about the feted women, in the presence of Lehendakari Urkullu, the Basque Premier.
The Chair of the Euzkadi Buru Batzar [Governing Council] invited people to reflect as follows: “Basque men and women need to ask themselves whether the four Spanish parties are worthy of their trust in view of the failure of the past four months”
The Premier states that he disagrees with those who believe that our children‘s generation will be worse off than their parents: “we must work to ensure that they live better, in a more open, global society that is more committed, more sustainable and more innovative”.
In his opening speech, the president of the Sabino Arana Fundazioa, Juan Mª Atutxa, noted that there are now 148 people, organisations and projects that have been honoured over the past 27 editions. Commitment, values and merits, which according to Atutxa “help to reinforce one‘s hope that it is indeed possible to see a better world and a better Euskadi-The Basque Country”.
Andoni Ortuzar urges Congressman John Garamendi to continue acting as the “Basque ambassador” in the United States
Andoni Ortuzar, chairman of the EAJ-PNV‘s central committee (EBB) has welcomed Congressman John Garamendi to his official residence at Sabin Etxea. The Democrat Representative for California has Basque forebears, and is one of the Basque community‘s closest allies in the US. Garamendi in one of over six million people of Basque origin throughout the world whose emotional ties to the Basque Country are compounded by an active commitment to the defence of their roots. John Garamendi‘s affirmation ‘I‘m Basque‘ is a highly illustrative example of the universal Basque in which being Basque is our way of being and forming part of the globalised world of the 21st century”.
Ortuzar reminds PP and PSOE that "in its 120 years, the PNV has always been on the right side: justice, democracy and freedom"
In Sukarrieta, during the traditional homage to Sabino Arana, the president of the EBB stated that his party will not be part of a Jihadist pact that "serves no purpose beyond taking a few photos which, for some of them, are good for the electoral campaign"
EAJ-PNV (the Basque National Party) includes promoting youth employment, competitiveness and the struggle against inequality in EDP Congress resolutions
EBB (Governing Council) Chair Andoni Ortuzar headed the EAJ-PNV delegation that took part in the 6th European Democratic Party (EDP) Congress in Brussels. Parties from 17 countries and nations took part in the event.
On International Basque Language Day, coinciding with the activation of over 1000 names with the domain ‘.eus’ at an event chaired by Basque premier Iñigo Urkullu in Bilbao, EAJ-PNV has also switched to the ‘.eus’ domain name.
In its day to day workings, Basque society clearly shows its firm determination to continue revitalising the Basque language. For instance the people who have decided to learn Basque are numbered in the thousands. Most parents – and the number continues to increase – choose to have their children educated in Basque, even in cases when they themselves do not speak the language. There are more than more people who speak Basque. We are building an increasingly bilingual society. Basque makes us visible and audible in more and more contexts. Basque is increasingly a living language, and one that is more and more useful in everyday life.