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The Lehendakari believes that Europe is “fundamental to ending the struggle with ETA”

2011 May 9

The Lehendakari expressed his desire for "more" Europe, "a Europe based on values, rights and liberties, with a shared future and integrated communities"

On Europe Day, the Lehendakari, Patxi López, declared that European integration "is the sum of the efforts and fortitude of those of us who want to eradicate barbarity and intolerance forever". A sculpture by Nestor Basterretxea has been installed in Vitoria to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Basque Council for the European Movement - EUROBASK.

The Lehendakari also affirmed today that Europe "is becoming fundamental to the Basque Country's ability to take important steps in ending ETA's totalitarianism and delegitimizing its violent approach in places where, through sympathy or naivety, it may still be acceptable".

The Lehendakari presided over the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Basque Council for the European Movement - EUROBASK, which was celebrated today on Europe Day. The event featured the unveiling of a commemorative sculpture by Nestor Basterretxea, which is to be installed at the junction of Calle Becerro de Bengoa and Calle Prado de Vitoria-Gasteiz.

During the celebration, the Lehendakari reminded those present that Europe "is the framework within which the welfare system was created, extended and is still maintained: the system that has produced the greatest universal advances in equality, liberty and prosperity in history". That is why, he said, we need "more Europe". The Lehendakari then went on to express his desire for a Europe that is "social, characterised by solidarity and based on rights and values, where we restore the collective pact on which the European Union was founded to consolidate peace, coexistence, progress and the liberty of all Europeans".

 

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