Empirical evidence shows us that our degree of self-government has enabled a spectacular socio-economic transformation of Basque society since the Statute of Gernika was approved. It also shows that the strategic decisions and projects undertaken in recent history have allowed us to design and implement a sustainable model of human development that has made socially committed and balanced economic progress possible for its people.
With one eye on the future it is essential that Basque Society and in particular the University of the Basque Country should carry out an in-depth reflection on these strategies, decisions and projects that created the Basque model and continue them into the future. At the same time as a new notion of governance is being developed in Europe, the new Basque governance involves a strategic reflection on how powers given to the country’s institutions by the Basque people are exercised. If European governance is an attempt to re-launch the notion of Europe, principally by making it more democratic, then this provides a new framework for Basque self-governance, a framework noted by it’s greater strength, transparency and participation by citizens, that will give us the modern tools with which we can build the future.