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The Basque Government presents the BERPIZTU Programme to the diplomatic corps

2020 December 15

This morning, officials from the Basque Government’s Premier’s Office and External Action Secretariat-General held a remote meeting with representatives of the embassies of different countries to present the BERPIZTU Programme for Economic Recovery and Employment in the Basque Country.

Jesús Peña, Secretary-General of the Basque Premier’s Office, and Marian Elorza, Secretary-General for External Action of the Basque Government, along with representatives of the Embassies of Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea and the USA, took part in the virtual meeting, which was held by video-conference.

The work meeting, entitled “Programme for Economic Recovery and Employment in the Basque Country”, was organised to present the Basque institutional response to address the economic crisis caused by the health pandemic to the diplomatic corps. This programme falls within the sphere of Sustainable Growth and is committed to the response to the three transitions, to build a more inclusive, more digital and greener Basque Country, in line with the European strategy. 

BERPIZTU is structured in two vertical core areas: AREA I Economic Recovery. Area II Employment Creation. It also includes a third multidisciplinary area: Employment Quality and Gender Equality. Each of the vertical areas are divided into 12 Key Policies, which in turn are developed in 60 lines of action.  

The Programme envisages public investment by the Basque Government to the tune of €13,250 million for 2020-2024, including budgetary resources and public guarantees.  The goal is to recover all lost jobs and bring the unemployment rate back under 10%.  Therefore, the BERPIZTU Programme for Economic Recovery and Employment in the Basque Country seeks to: stimulate the creation of 135,000 jobs; support the setting up of 6,000 new companies and micro-companies; promote 1,000 new research and development projects; back 10,000 industrial companies; increase the added value of 4,000 advanced services and industries; increase the added value of 100 food industries; and increase the added value of trade, hospitality and tourism.   

Today’s event is part of the regular calendar of meetings that Basque Government representatives and representatives of the diplomatic corps have been holding at the Basque Government’s Delegation in Madrid in recent years to showcase the Basque Country’s plans and strategic initiatives. Given the pandemic, it has had to be held by videoconference for the first time ever.

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