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Basque Country Budget 2024: A guarantee for the future to consolidate recovery, sustainable economic development and powerful social policies

2023 June 13

The spokesperson for the Basque Government and Minister for Culture and Language Policy, Bingen Zupiria, appeared at the usual press conference after the Governing Council, together with the Minister of Economy and Finance, Pedro Azpiazu.

For his part, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Pedro Azpiazu, presented the Basque Country’s budget guidelines for 2024 approved by the Governing Council, which will be the last budget of the current legislature. In this way, the strategic approach of the Basque accounts seeks to consolidate economic recovery after the pandemic and the global uncertainties that arise, in such a way as to guarantee sustainable economic development and quality employment, together with powerful social policies that ensure the welfare and quality of life of citizens, tackling the demographic challenge and supporting young people. “These budgets are a guarantee for the future”, said the Minister of Economy and Finance, Pedro Azpiazu.

The macroeconomic scenario on which the guidelines are based contemplates an upward revision of the growth forecast for the Basque economy, placing it at 1.6% in 2023. “The recovery of the developed economies is surprisingly high in terms of employment and the Basque Country is no exception”, added Azpiazu. It is forecast that the number of jobs created this year will be around 11,000, and a further 16,000 next year. The unemployment rate in 2023 will be 8.2% and in 2024 7.5%.

In this context, the sustainability of public finances is one of the great challenges facing us as a government, as we will have to be able to reconcile fiscal consolidation with the colossal investment needs that are necessary to adapt the economic and social fabric to the demands of the fight against climate change, to renew social infrastructures and to boost the potential for economic growth based on knowledge, technology and innovation.

Under the prism of equal opportunities, the Basque Country reaffirms its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals in these guidelines, as shown in the Report on the Alignment of the Basque Government’s 2023 budget with the SDGs sent to the United Nations, which highlights the high degree of alignment with the triple base: economic, social and environmental, of sustainable development.

AGREEMENTS OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL

As usual, the spokesperson, Bingen Zupiria, provided information on other issues discussed in the Governing Council meeting, including the following:

Two measures have been agreed in the field of the social economy. On the one hand, the Department of Labour and Employment has called for 1.2 million euros in aid for the Social Economy, for training and technical assistance. On the other hand, the Governing Council has approved the Regulation on the organisation and operation of the Basque Cooperatives Register, which implements the Cooperatives Act to facilitate electronic procedures. As Zupiria explained, this decree, which has been worked on with the cooperatives themselves, will enable them to have a more flexible relationship by electronic means, with shorter deadlines, thus facilitating the creation of new cooperative enterprises.

Also related to the Department of Labour and Employment, the Government has approved the bases for the call for subsidies for the operation of trade union organisations, which are granted on the basis of their representativeness. The call for proposals amounts to more than one million euros. 

The Governing Council also gave the green light today to the Decree that creates and regulates the internal channel for reporting breaches of regulations and the protection of informants in the public sector of the Basque Autonomous Community. The Decree approved today obliges public entities to have an internal system in place for those who detect criminal or administrative offences to report them so that they can be channelled through the organisation concerned. It is considered that effective action within the organisation itself serves to paralyse the negative consequences and to repair any damage caused earlier.

Likewise, the Government has approved for the year 2023, the bases of the call for aid for obtaining certification in animal welfareA total of 200,000 euros will be allocated to support owners or groups of livestock operations for the costs incurred in obtaining Welfair Certification and the implementation of animal welfare control procedures, training of the people responsible and the costs of this certification.

In the field of sport, the Government has agreed to allocate 150,000 euros as a subsidy to the City Council of Donostia for the organisation of the semi-finals of the Rugby Top 14 championship which took place this weekend. The Rugby Top 14 is a rugby club championship in France that has a 131-year history and is considered one of the best club leagues that attracts fans from all over the world, as was seen this weekend in the capital of Gipuzkoa.

With regard to culture, the Government has agreed to allocate 580,000 euros to the promotion and distribution of performing arts, music, literature and plastic arts in the field of cultural professionals (producers, distributors, salespeople), with the aim of decisively opening up new markets and resizing the necessary promotional instruments.

Finally, in relation to trade, this morning's meeting approved the aid programme aimed at promoting the modernisation of commercial and service establishments (MEC 2023). Bingen Zupiria explained that the aim of this programme is to promote innovation, the improvement of management tools, infrastructures and commercial equipment, in order to achieve a higher level of quality and competitiveness in the sector. The budget allocated for this order is 4 million euros, which represents an increase of 700,000 euros compared to the previous call for proposals.

In addition, the government has also approved a new aid order aimed at promoting the activity of traders' associations with a total allocation of 1,850,000 euros. “The aim of the programme is to support traders' associations and to promote strategies for the revitalisation and competitiveness of urban shops in the Basque Country in order to revitalise this commercial sector”, said the spokesperson. 

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