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Urkullu calls for greater involvement of the Atlantic territories in European governance

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On Wednesday, the Lehendakari (President of the Basque Country), Iñigo Urkullu, opened the General Assembly of the Arc Atlantic Commission chaired by the Basque Country. He called for "greater participation" by the Atlantic territories in European governance and in decisions on the EU’s recovery funds - Next Generation EU.

Urkullu stressed that the current moment was of "particular importance" for the Atlantic project, with the launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe to which civil society will be able to contribute actively.

He also stressed that the EU Next Generation programmes could be "a step forward in generating solidarity among Europeans".

In this context, the Lehendakari called for greater involvement of the Atlantic territories in European governance and in decisions on the European Union's recovery funds, while defending the current "Atlantic Maritime Strategy", as well as the creation of the "Atlantic Macro Region".

In his speech, Iñigo Urkullu stressed that the Arc Atlantic Territories are jointly facing the "new post-Covid and post-Brexit reality" and expressed his satisfaction with the participation of Wales "in this shared endeavour".

"We have a strategy and a work plan to promote our communities and to strengthen the Atlantic Arc in a project with a fully European vocation and based on collaboration", he stressed, citing renewable energies and connectivity as examples of cultural and tourist cooperation.

Iñigo Urkullu also underlined "humility and prudence" as "lessons learned" in the current context of the pandemic and pleaded for the need to promote solidarity and collaboration. "This Atlantic Arc Commission is precisely a framework for collaboration”, he said.