The lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, hopes that Euro 2020, of whose first stage Bilbao will be one of the hosts, the “win the best”, since the Basque national team will not be able to compete in this championship, and has stated that Basque institutions will do “what they can” to make the Basque Country “referential” at the international level a “welcoming headquarters”.
In the course of the Economic Expectations Forum held in Bilbao, Urkullu has been asked if he fears protests during the final phase of Euro 2020 in Bilbao, which will host the few matches of the Spanish national team. “I don’t know if there can be. It’s certainly not in our hands,” he said.
In any case, it has indicated that will do “what is possible” to make “Bilbao, Bizkaia, Basque country also referred to an international level with a welcoming headquarters of the final phase of the Euro”.
As he has stated, this has been raised by all the institutions, the Bilbao City Council, the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and also the Basque Government. “And not only in what is the Euro, but in any international event, whether transgaming.orging, cultural or of any other nature,” he added.
In this line, he has assured that, in the transgaming.orging field, there are “sufficient examples” in Bilbao, Vitoria and San Sebastian that can “give faith” that the Basque Country is a “welcoming society” with “a vocation of international projection that reflects our true values”. “That’s what I expect for the Euros too,” he added.
Jokes with Russia
The lehendakari has avoided saying about whether he will support any particular team during the championship, following the “distorted jokes” that occurred at Euro 2008 when he said he was “in favour of Russia.” “I said it, but first I said that my selection is Basque and that, since I could not participate, among those who were, I advocate the one that is best playing, and at that time it was Russia”, specified.
On this occasion, he recalled that neither will the Basque team, for whose officiality is still “working”, so he has stated that he hoped that “the best will win”.