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"Languages, cultures, regional differences and local initiatives must be cherished because they are Europe’s strongest asset."

Two EDP members at the Summer Campus of the Fundación Canarias Siglo XXI.

Andoni Ortuzar

The European Democratic Party’s Executive Vice-President, Andoni Ortuzar (EAJ-PNV), was one of the speakers at the Summer Campus organised by the Fundación Canarias Siglo XXI. Ortuzar spoke in his capacity as President of our Basque member EAJ-PNV at a round table discussion on 'The impact of accelerated globalisation on national identities', as part of the day devoted to 'Nationalisms in Europe'.

The debate was held at the Hotel Santa Catalina in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the speakers included, in addition to Ortuzar, the senator from Geroa Bai, Koldo Martínez; José Miguel Ruano, the professor of Constitutional Law and former spokesman for another EDP member, Coalición Canaria, as well as Rosa Dávila, the vice-president of the Parliament of the Canary Islands. The talk was moderated by Midalia Machín, Coalición Canaria’s Secretary General in Lanzarote. You can watch this round table online on their website

The three-day Summer Campus 2021 began on Monday in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Teguise, Lanzarote, with an ambitious programme that aims to debate the challenges facing the Canary Islands and the impact of the pandemic on the archipelago. It featured 66 speakers, moderators, experts and leaders in fields ranging from communication and politics, to economics, climate change, and more.

During his opening speech, Fernando Clavijo, the national secretary general of Coalición Canaria, defined the Campus as "a space open to dialogue and the challenges of the post-pandemic Canary Islands, a space to talk about the Canary Islands of the future, a space to engage in dialogue with society. A space that will allow us to address not only the economic and social consequences of Covid, but also to touch on many other key areas for the development and socio-economic future of the Canary Islands, as well as to open the debate on nationalism in Europe with speakers such as the President of EAJ-PNV, Andoni Ortuzar".

The Fundación Canarias Siglo XXI is one of the two active foundations of the Coalición Canaria, a party with which EAJ-PNV has had close political and friendship ties for several decades. Both parties are part of the European Democratic Party and formed a coalition during the 2019 European Elections, which resulted in Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (EAJ-PNV) gaining a seat in the European Parliament.