The Government approves the awarding of several ´LAGUN ONARI´ and ´LAN ONARI´ prizes
The Lehendakari will present the awards on Sunday October 25, Basque Country Day
At its cabinet meeting held today, the Basque Government agreed to award the "Lagun Onari" prize to the United Mexican States, and the "Lan Onari" prize to the President of MCC, José María Aldekoa, to the politician Juan Mari Bandrés, to the journalist Iñaki Gabilondo and to the sportsperson Edurne Pasaban
At its cabinet meeting, the Basque Government agreed to award the "Lagun Onari" prize to the United Mexican States, and the "Lan Onari" prize to the President of MCC, José María Aldekoa, to the politician Juan Mari Bandrés, to the journalist Iñaki Gabilondo and to the sportsperson Edurne Pasaban After the Cross of the Tree of Gernika, these prizes are the second-highest awards granted by the Basque Government. The Lehendakari will present the corresponding medals and commemorative plaques to the winners of these prestigious prizes at a reception which is to be held on Sunday, October 25 at the Palacio de Ajuria Enea on the occasion of Basque Country Day.
The "Lagun Onari" prize is awarded to those individuals or entities who, although not being Basque, have contributed significantly, through their activities, to the interests, economic promotion and the dissemination abroad of the history and culture of the Basque Country. These prizes are also awarded to individuals or businesses of recognised prestige in social, cultural, economic or political life, with the aim of recognising their status as "friends of the Basques" and for showing in their work virtues and values highly regarded by the Basque People throughout their history.
The "Lan Onari" prize is awarded to Basques that have shown extraordinary dedication, perseverance and initiative in the pursuance of their professional activities.
Since their creation in 1996, the "Lan Onari" prize has been awarded to the businessmen Angel Iglesias, Gaspar Vicinay, Juan Celaya, Juan Arregui and José María Ormaetxea; the sculptors Jorge Oteiza, Eduardo Chillida and Nestor Basterretxea; the historians and researchers Luis Altuna and Micaela Portilla; the politician and writer, Martin Ugalde; the academic of the Basque Language Institute and writer, Luis Villasante, the,jurist Adrián Celaya; the financier, José Angel Sánchez Asiain; the soprano Ainhoa Arteta; the chef Juan Mari Arzak and the footballer Telmo Zarraonandia.
Likewise, in the past, the "Lagun Onari" prize has been awarded to the ex-presidents of Uruguay, Julio Mª Sanguinetti, of Chile, Eduardo Frei, of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel and of the Italian Republic, Francesco Cossiga; the professor of the University of Nevada, William Douglas; the Republic of Argentina and the North American state of Idaho.
Turning to other matters, the government spokesperson announced that a 700-million-euro offer of government bonds is to be issued. This is to be done in the form of 10-year government bonds issued through the entity Calion, which belongs to Credyt Agricole and with the leading participation of BBK, Vital and Norbolsa. Mendia highlighted that the offer can be considered "a success" as the demand for bonds triples the offer launched by the Basque Government, which plans to issue a further 350 million euros in November.