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  • 1. The Aquitaine-Basque Country Euro-region Consolidated cooperation between the two regions to achieve a significant place in Europe Miguel A. Crespo Basque Government ARFE – Istanbul May 20121
  • 2. "Aquitaine-Basque Country"Basque CountryHistory, Project- A common journeyWhat it is, goals, missions, governance- AECT- Goals and Missions- GovernancePolicy lines2011-2013 Guidelines Accessibility Inclusive and smart sustainable growth Regional identity 2
  • 3. "Aquitaine-Basque Country" Where we are- Geographical location Basque Country: Institutional organisation- Spanish Constitution- Statue of Autonomy- Economic Agreement- Provinces ActBasque Country: Economic figures• 3
  • 4. "Basque Country: Where we are"4
  • 5. "Basque Country: Institutional organisation" Spanish Constitution (1978)- Establishes the State of the Autonomous Communities- Recognises the historical rights of the Basque provinces Statue of Autonomy (1979)- Organisation general principles- Sets out the own competencesEconomic Agreement (1981)- Agreement between the Spanish State and the Basque AutonomousCommunity- Re-establishes the tax capacity- The Quota Act establishes the amount to be paid to the State.Provinces Act (1984)- Internal organisation of the Basque Country. Three provinces:Araba, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa Local System General Principles Act (1985)- Establishes the local competences in Spain 5
  • 6. "Basque Country: Economic figures"• Population : 2,169,038 inhabitants- Population density: 299.8 inhabitants/Km²- Ageing population Distribution of the GDP- Agriculture-fisheries: 1.47%- Industry: 32.68%- Construction: 7.74%- Services: 58.12%• Available income: €20,415• GDP in PPS = 137.6 (EU=100) Export-focused economy Unemployment rate: 12.1%• Spending on R&D (% GDP) : 2.08 6
  • 7. "Aquitaine: Economic figures"• Population : 3,227,400 inhabitants- Population density: 78.1 inhabitants/Km²• Available income: €16,866• GDP in PPS = 95.9 (EU=100) Unemployment rate: 9.2% Economy focused on agriculture and tourism 7
  • 8. The Aquitaine- Basque Country Euro-region History, Project8
  • 9. Aquitaine-Basque Country A common journey… International cooperation relations between the two regions fordecades  Good neighbours: Two neighbouring territories cannot ignore each other Complementary nature: Apart from a language, Basque, and a culture, common landscape, the two territories share a "life style". A journey: an "Aquitaine-Basque Country" cooperation fund that has enabled the development of projects involving stakeholders on either sides of the frontier Interdependency: We are located on the Atlantic Corridor 9
  • 10. Aquitaine-Basque Country A common journey… International cooperation relations between the two regions 10
  • 11. Aquitaine-Basque Country A common journey… International cooperation relations between the two regions 11
  • 12. Aquitaine-Basque Country A common history…Years of cooperation between the two regions, within theEuropean area: Since 1982, At the same time, the two regions have the two regions belong to numerous international been active in the Work networks: European Association of Cross-border Community of the Regions (ARFE), European Association of Geographical Pyrenees Indications (AREPO), Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CRPM – Atlantic Rim), European differents levels of Association of Elected Representatives from Mountain Regions (AEEM), … institutional cooperation: local and they take part in numerous European cooperation, urban programmes: ANCORIM, ARCOPOL, REVERSE, approach INTERBIO2, CFA-EFFIPLAT, ROK-FOR… 12
  • 13. Aquitaine-Basque Country A common history…Years of cooperation between the two regions, within theEuropean area: Since 90´s…, At the same time, Common fund for 1993 Eurociudad Vasca Baiona-San Sebastián proposals around 50 (Gipuzkoa-Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz) projects by year 1998 Consorcio Bidasoa-Txingudy (Irun, Hondarribia and Hendaye) 13
  • 14. Aquitaine-Basque Country A common history…In 2006  2009  2011Setting up the PLAE Common declaration by the Setting up the(Aquitaine-Basque two premiers in order to "Aquitaine-BasqueCountry Logistics create an "Aquitaine- Country" EGTCPlatform) Basque Country Euro- pursuant to ECAs a European region as a European Regulation No.Economic Interest Grouping of Territorial 1082/2006Grouping Cooperation (EGTC).(E.E.I.G) Headquarters in HendayeHeadquarters in  Donostia-San Sebastián  Publication: OJ 2011/S 234-377846 14