Last Thursday 6 April a seminar on the Economic Agreement in the media took place at the Bizkaia Aretoa, organised by the Documentation Centre for the Economic Agreement and the Dept. of Public Law (Financial & Tax Law Section) of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). The seminar was opened by José María Iruarrizaga, Bizkaia Provincial Councillor for Treasury Affairs, and by Patxi Juaristi, Deputy Rector of the Bizkaia Campus of the UPV/EHU, who stressed the importance of the Economic Agreement as the cornerstone of Basque self-government, and the need to promote it and publicise it via Basque society.
The speakers at the seminar were Pedro Luis Uriarte, the former Basque Govt. Treasury Minister who took a leading role in the recovery of the Agreement in 1981, Dr. Luis de Guezala of the Sabino Arana Foundation, who presented an analysis of how the Economic Agreement was dealt with in the written press between 1878 and 2002. Dr. Aritz Ipiña Bidaurrazaga, scientific manager at the Documentation Centre for the Economic Agreement and the Basque Provincial Treasuries, spoke about the Centre and Dr. Joseba Agirreazkuenaga, a professor at the UPV/EHU, and Dr. Eduardo J. Alonso Olea spoke in depth about the pro-autonomy movement at the Basque provincial councils from 1917 to 1919.
The seminar was attended by 117 people, including students of tax law, management staff and employees of the Bizkaia Treasury Department and members of the public interested in the Economic Agreement.