Ortuzar sums up positively his trip to Mexico: “Political and economic relations are guaranteed for the future”
“The trip to Mexico has served to consolidate and guarantee political and economic relations with this country for the future,” is how the Chair of Euzkadi Buru Batzar, Andoni Ortuzar, summed up his five-day visit to Mexico in his double positions as head of the jeltzale group and Vice-chair of the European Democratic Party (EDP). “The Mexican political and economic representatives have shown that they are in favour of tightening relations with Europe and with the Basque Country at a time in which the restrictive policies of Donald Trump are encouraging a search for new areas of collaboration," he stated. The EDP Vice-President and the burukide responsible for the International Area, Mikel Burzako, started their return to the Basque Country in the early hours of yesterday, arriving early this afternoon.
The visit to Mexico by Ortuzar and Burzako occurred at an especially important moment in the Mexican political panorama, a few days before the start of a long three-month electoral campaign which will finalise with elections on 1 July to elect the President of the Republic and to renew a large part of the legislative chambers, one third of the Governorships and almost all the mayoralties in the country. A total of nearly 3,500 institutional positions will be elected by a census of 85 million voters, circumstances that have never converged until now.
“The Mexican political panorama is more open than ever and our mission arrived at a very timely moment since the candidates for the presidency are preparing their political proposals for the campaign. This has allowed us to get to know their aspirations at first hand and introduce the European theme and their bilateral relations with the USA into their agenda as well as offering them collaboration with the PNV and the EDP in the next six years, the period covered by the new legislature," stated Ortuzar. The EDP Vice-President confessed that he was surprised by the complexity of the current Mexican political situation and the uncertainty of the results, with various parties in crises, new coalitions, veteran candidates against new ones and a strong sensation that a political change is approaching. “This is why it is so important to have made contact with the four main options and to have set up early contact with all of them," emphasised the jeltzale leader. Ortuzar declared himself very satisfied with the warm welcome from all of them and their willingness to tighten relationships in the near future.
During these days, the EDP Vice-President met with Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Chair of Morena (Movimiento Regeneración Nacional) and the leading favourite according to surveys of victory in the presidential elections on 1 July, with Damián Zepeda, Chair of the PAN (Partido de Acción Nacional), with Mikel Arriola, a descendant of Basques who aspires to the leadership of the government of Mexico City for the PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional) and with Margarita Zavala, former First Lady of Mexico and candidate for the Presidency leading an independent candidature. "All of them have valued the central position of our party in Basque politics and our high capacity as intermediates in the ambit of the Spanish state and the European Union," emphasised Ortuzar. A vision of EAJ-PNV and of the opportunity that Europe offers them which is also shared by the Mexican businessmen with whom the Chair of the EBB met last Thursday. "Worried as they are by a possible closure by Trump to Mexican exports, not for nothing as 80% of them go to the United States, I encouraged them to look to the European Union as a possible market and also as a point for their investments. And, logically, I spoke to them about the Basque Country as the best gateway to Europe," stated the jeltzale leader.