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Basque Parliament backs new 2010-13 Business Competitiveness Plan

2010 December 1

Over 300 government officials and representatives from provincial councils, private entities and socio-economic agencies participated in the preparation of the plan

The Plan will mobilise nearly 12,000 million euros from the public and private sector

The plan has three focal points which include 14 areas of action and 30 specificinitiatives

The 2010-2012 Business Competitiveness Plan, passed by the Cabinet on July 27th, was backed by the Basque Parliament during a debate held today in the Commission for Industry, Innovation, Commerce and Tourism.

Minister Bernabé Unda presented the document which will mobilise an investment of nearly 12,000 euros, both from the public sector (approximately 4,600 million euros) and the private sector (approximately 7,200 million).

The Plan introduces a new approach to competitiveness for the Basque Country. The Plan was prepared by the Department for Industry, Innovation, Commerce and Tourism in collaboration with other Basque governmental departments, institutions, private entities, organisations and socio-economic agents. A total of 300 people participated in the process.

The Competitiveness Plan seeks to achieve competitiveness and sustainability for the Basque Country and outlines three main focal points for action for the Basque business network:

  • an open economy,
  • an innovative, entrepreneurial and technologically advanced economy and
  • a sustainable economy in which sustainability is understood in its three dimensions: economic, social and environmental.

The Plan, which will become the new guiding framework for the transformation of competitiveness in the Basque Country, was drafted following rigorous analysis of the current situation. A SWOT analysis was used to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the Basque economy.

Based on this information, the Competitiveness Plan outlines what the Basque Country hopes to achieve by 2020, proposes a mission and establishes a series of underlying values: entrepreneurial spirit, effort, tenacity and thirst for improvement, passion for excellence, quality and rigour, cooperation, openness to change and to the world, and shared responsibility between people and organisations.

A number of Global Vision Tables were created in the reflection process which drew together over 40 directors from leading companies and organisations in the Basque Country. A number of thematic Work Groups were also created in which 250 people participated.

The Basque Government and companies worked together on the Plan in cooperation with business associations, clusters, trade unions, chambers of commerce, social economy organisations, representatives from the provincial councils involved in Technology and Innovation policies, development agencies, specialists in industrial policies, the Lehendakari's Advisory Council, amongst others. Orkestra (the Basque Institute for Competitiveness), Euskalit and Innobasque were among the entities that played an especially active role.

A number of changes were introduced with regards to the methodologies used in the previous 2006 2009 Business Competitiveness and Social Innovation Plan and the 2000 03 Inter-institutional Plan for Economic Development. Changes include an annual review of the document and the integration of the Departments for Commerce, Tourism and Energy into the Plan. The document also specifies who will be responsible for managing the implementation of each of the proposed actions.

The plan has three focal points which include 14 areas of action and 30 concrete initiatives. The Plan will guide all Department of Industry, Innovation, Commerce and Tourism competitiveness policies and also includes actions involving other Departments.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1st December 2010


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Politicians attending the event
(IX term 2009 - 2012)
  • Bernabé Unda
    Consejero de Industria, Innovación, Comercio y Turismo (IX term)