The Lehendakari is to present a report on the industrial policy of the European Union during a plenary session of the Committee of the Regions
During his visit to Brussels, the Lehendakari will take the opportunity to sign a collaboration agreement with the President of Flanders and maintain other contacts
On the 10th and 11th of October, the Lehendakari, Patxi López, will travel to Brussels as part of his second official visit to the European institutions. He has been chosen to represent the European regions and to present a foundation document on the future of industrial policy in the European Union. The document, which will be presented by the Lehendakari during the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions, has been drawn up by the Basque Government in collaboration with the European regions.
The Lehendakari's schedule also includes meeting the Flemish President in Belgium for the signing of a collaboration agreement between the Basque Country and Flanders, a variety of different official meetings and a cultural event organised for the Basque community and representatives of the European regions and institutions.
The Lehendakari's Schedule
The plenary session of the Committee of the Regions will take place within the framework of the series of activities known as Open Days, which are organised by the European institutions and regions in order to strengthen their roles in the future European Union. They are an opportunity for European regions and municipalities to provide their opinions on new European laws and proposals, whilst EU institutions are obliged to consult the Committee of the Regions on a range of issues before passing any proposed law, standard or strategy.
The Basque Country was chosen to make the presentation owing to its recognition within the Committee of the Regions as an industrial power in Europe.
The Lehendakari's schedule of work meetings with officials at European institutions includes, among others, Joaquín Almunia, the European Commissioner for Competition and Vice President of the European Commission, and Antonio Tajani, the European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship.
He will also sign a collaboration agreement with Kris Peeters, the President of Flanders, with the aim of working together in a number of areas such as the environment, education and culture.
The Lehendakari's second visit to Brussels will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the setting-up of the Basque Government's Delegation to the city. The body has been known as the Basque Delegation to the European Union since June of this year, and its head, Marta Marín, has been given the title of Basque Government Delegate to the EU.