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The President of the Basque Country joins the international call for personal commitment to more sustainable mobility

2021 October 6
  • Urkullu advocates “building sustainable mobility for the future” through a shared strategy, public-private collaboration, commitment and social responsibility

  • The Basque Government is seeking to promote the development of the Atlantic Freight Corridor, to complete the “Basque Y” and to finalise the transfer of material and services related to Basque railways and airports

  • The Basque Executive has lent its support for the Basque industry “this very month in the areas of Energy, Health Industries and Mobility”

President of the Basque Country Iñigo Urkullu, attended the launch meeting of the SUM Bio'21 Congress, which was opened by King Philip VI. He showed his willingness to join the international call for personal commitment to more sustainable mobility, involving collective transportation, bicycle and walking. He therefore appealed to society as a whole to honour this commitment, since “the challenge of sustainable mobility begins with a personal decision”.

Now, with pandemic restrictions being lifted and a new phase beginning, Urkullu appealed to the lessons learned during this pandemic, which he believes apply to the purpose of this Congress: “building sustainable mobility for the future” through a shared strategy, public-private collaboration, commitment and social responsibility.

The Basque Country has a shared strategy for sustainable mobility, the “Basque Green Deal”, which seeks to position the Basque Country as a “key link” in the European Atlantic Corridor; to promote a collective transport system that contributes to the fight against climate change, and to put the finishing touches to the map of integrated and intermodal public transport in “Euskal Hiria”.

With this in mind, the president of the Basque Country emphasized the objective of promoting the development of the “European transport networks, TEN-t” Atlantic Freight Corridor in the Basque Country, as well as the objective of completing the “Basque Y”. “I reiterate the offer of the Government and the Basque institutions to advance access to capitals, in accordance with the signed agreement, undertaking operations that really contribute to urban transformation, environmental integration and social cohesion,” Urkullu said. He also stressed the need to complete the transfer of material and services related to Basque airports and railways in accordance with the full compliance with the Gernika Statute. “Our ambition is to culminate the Basque Transport Map in the 2030 horizon, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, one of our 10 country goals”, he added.

He concluded by emphasizing that in addition to helping the most affected sectors over the course of the last 18 months, support has been provided to the Basque industry during this same month in in terms of Energy, Health Industries and Mobility, given how “they are key industrial sectors for the future of the Basque Country; for the application of the technological and digital transition that we assume as a priority; for the economic and social relaunch of the Basque Country during this new post-pandemic stage”.

Following the opening meeting, the authorities attending visited two renewable energy buses, the Bilbobus electric bus and the ALSA hydrogen bus.

The ceremony held at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao was also attended by the Minister of Territorial Planning, Housing and Transport, Iñaki Arriola, and the Minister of Tourism, Trade and Consumer Affairs, Javier Hurtado, as well as the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, the President of the Basque Parliament, Bakartxo Tejeria, Government Representative, Denis Itxaso, the Mayor of Bilbao, Juan María Aburto, and the President of EUDEL and Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Gorka Urtaran.


The SUM Bilbao 21 Congress promotes dialogue and collaboration between stakeholders with the capacity for taking action and making decisions from the public and private sector, which promotes technological capabilities and innovative solutions of the business fabric to respond to the challenges of sustainable urban mobility, particularly in the current climate emergency and pandemic context.

SUM Bilbao, now in its second year, addresses the main challenges and opportunities for cities to consolidate more sustainable mobility. Innovative solutions will be presented to advance stakeholders across the sustainable urban mobility chain, from energy provision to public transport and the last mile. The Congress focuses on three core areas: Energy transition; Governance and financing; and Mobility, digitisation and innovation.

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