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The Lehendakari defends the Basque Country as "a model of excellence and business innovation"

2010 October 5

The Lehendakari has affirmed that "work, dedication and quality services with prestige form a part of our DNA as a country"

Between 2000 and 2009, Spain was the country that received the highest number of business management awards, with a total of 29, of which 21 are attributable to the Basque Country. This places the Basque Country amongst the regions with the "greatest operative efficiency", surpassed only by the United Kingdom and Germany.

We must present the Basque Country as "a prototype of excellence and innovation in such a manner that other European countries see us as a model of operative efficiency with prestige, quality and our capacity for innovation serving as a letter of introduction in our overseas relations." This was the message delivered by the Lehendakari, Patxi López, this evening during the business excellence awards ceremony. In this edition, the award was presented to Ikastola Olabide, established in Vitoria-Gasteiz, for its capacity to offer quality to its clients (students and parents) and its ability to achieve success via people. Comarca Gipuzkoa Ekialde de Osakidetza also featured as a finalist. In addition to the two Basque organisations, an additional 11 European organisations were recognised.

The Lehendakari has affirmed that "work and dedication and quality services with prestige form a part of our DNA as a country." He also offered the following data: between 2000 and 2009, Spain was the country that received the highest number of business management awards, with a total of 29, of which 21 are attributable to the Basque Country. This places the Basque Country amongst the regions with the "greatest operative efficiency", surpassed only by the United Kingdom and Germany. According to the Lehendakari, this provides "evidence of the fact that the search for excellence represents a joint effort to us, shared between the Basque business and industrial networks." He also added that quality is "important, but can not represent the sole and exclusive basis of our model, because we are convinced that it would suffer if it was not accompanied by innovation, capacity for change and our creative thirst."

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