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9th Conference of the Economic Agreement and Provincial Treasury Documentation Centre
Monday, 19 de April de 2021

Next 10 May, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the approval of Law 12/1981, of 13 May, which approved the Economic Agreement with the Basque Autonomous Community, and within the current context of the Covid-19 crisis that has put treasuries throughout the world under immense pressure, including the Basque provincial Treasuries, the Ituna Economic Agreement Documentation and Research Centre and the Ad Concordiam Association for the promotion and dissemination of the Economic Agreement are organising the 9th Conference on “Public Finances and the Sustainability of Debt”.

The Conference, which will be opened by the Provincial Councillor for Treasury and Finances, José María Iruarrizaga, will explore in depth the hot topic of public debt and its sustainability in Europe, particularly after the succession of the 2008 crisis and the current coronavirus crisis, focusing on the case of the provincial Treasuries. A panoramic perspective will be offered of the present and future of public debt in our region, while also looking at the European, Spanish and Basque situation. Speakers will include Javier Pérez, from the Directorate-General of Economy and Statistics from the Bank of Spain, Diego Martínez, professor at the Pablo Olavide University, Enrique Lucas, professor at the University of the Basque Country, and Itziar Agirre, Deputy Councillor for the Treasury of the Basque Government. The programme will end with a round table moderated by the professor from the UPV/EHU, Sofía Arana.

Conference agenda

The role of local governments in the response to the pandemic
Monday, 22 de February de 2021

On 25 February 2021, our colleague Mikel Erkoreka will deliver a speech, on behalf of the Center for Basque Economic Agreement and Fiscal Federalism Studies, at a conference analysing the role of local governments in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, organised by the World Bank’s Subnational Governance/Decentralization Global Solutions Group and the University of Nevada. Besides the Basque Country, the role of local governments in Brazil, Nepal and Indonesia will also be analysed.

Programme and link to the event

POSTPONEMENT Seminar on the Quota Negotiators and Key Players on 30 March
Monday, 16 de March de 2020

Following the recommendations of the health authorities, the UPV/EHU guidelines and the principle of precaution and prevention, the Organising Committee has decided to postpone the Congress in Bilbao on 30 March. We will announce the new date for the event, most likely to be held in autumn, as soon as we have further information.

Kind regards,
The Organising Committee

Seminar on the Quota Negotiators and Key Players on 30 March
Monday, 2 de March de 2020

On Monday 30 March, the Basque Economic Agreement and Provincial Tax Offices Documentation and Research Centre, in conjunction with the UPV-EHU’s Department of Contemporary History and Department of Public Law – Tax and Financial Law area, is hosting the IX Seminar entitled “The Quota from the Perspective of its Negotiators and Key Players (1841-2020)“.

The event will be opened by the Bizkaia Provincial Councillor for The Treasury and Finances, and Chair of the Association to promote and disseminate the Basque Economic Agreement – Ad Concordiam, José María Iruarrizaga.

After the different experts have spoken, it will be the turn of the key players in the negotiations between the Spanish State and the Basque Country and Nvarra. The different speakers will include for Basque Government’s former Minister for the Economy and the Treasury, Pedro Luis Uriarte Santamarina, the former Minister for the Treasury and Financial Policy of Navarra, Mikel Aramburu Urtasan, along with the Basque Government’s current Minister for the Treasury and the Economy, Pedro Azpiazu Uriarte. The speaker on behalf of the Spanish government will be the former Minister for the Treasury and Civil Service, Cristóbal Montoro Romero. The seminar will end with the contribution of the Bizkaia Provincial Council Chairman, Unai Rementeria Maiz and a discussion between all the speakers.

The Chancellor of the University of the Basque Country Rectora de la Universidad del País Vasco (EHU-UPV), Nekane Balluerka Lasa, will close the event

Seminar Programme

“Quizz 41” university quiz on the Economic Agreement
Thursday, 28 de November de 2019

How much do you know about the Economic Agreement? This is the starting point for “Quizz 41”, a university-level quiz set up by the Basque Government so promote and encourage interest in the Economic Agreement in the university community.

This action has been made possible by the joint efforts of the University of the Basque Country, Mondragon Unibertsitatea and the University of Deusto. It is set up as a cross-sectoral education and promotion action in the organisation of which not only the Treasury & Economics Department but also the Education Department of the Basque Government are involved. It will take place on 4-5 December. Full information is available on the website, where the registration period is open until 29 November.

The preliminary rounds at each university will take place at 3 pm on 4 December. All teams will play at the same time, in face-to-face question and answer sessions at venues prepared specifically by each university. There will be a round of 20 multiple-choice questions with three possible answers, only one of which will be correct. If there is a tie, further rounds of 4 questions each will be held until the tie is broken. The last four teams remaining at each university will be the winners and will go on to play the final.

The final will take place at the Basque Historical Archives at 10 am on 5 December, where the twelve remaining teams will play off with the same format until just one is left. Each member of the winning team will be receive a study grant of up to €2500 for use on graduate or postgraduate studies in the next academic year at any of the three universities taking part.