The PNV called Oihane Agirregoitia Martínez (Bilbao, 1980) for the European elections. The national assembly of the party, which met this Saturday in Durango to also discuss the lists of the undated regional elections and anointed Imanol Pradales as the successor of Iñigo Urkullu, also resulted in the replacement of Izaskun Bilbao, head of the list. Sources from Euzkadi Buru Batzar believe that the PNV does not have Junts, although it is being investigated to continue the previous coalitions with CiU. Five years ago, an agreement with Carles Puigdemont was no longer possible, and the PNV sought alliances with the Canarian Coalition and other smaller formations from Galicia, Valencia, or the Balearic Islands to save a seat—the same goal today.
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Agirregoitia, who is very little known, is a councilor in Bilbao and currently holds a senior second-ranking position in the Bizkaia Provincial Council, specifically responsible for good government, citizen services, and digital services, with the rank of general director. The representative of the branch is Ager Izagirre. His appointment was “unanimous” in the national assembly, the last step in a two-phase internal process of ‘batzokis, in which the Euzkadi Buru Batzar launched many names but did not finalize the specific bet.
“At the age of 43, Agirregoitia faces this new professional and personal challenge motivated and eager to contribute so that the Basque Country continues to have its own voice in Europe and with the conviction that countries without states must also be protagonists of the European project,” he explained to the party in a statement. According to PNV, he has been a member since 2006, that is, since he was 18 years old, and belongs to the ‘batzoki’ in Matiko, Bilbao. He speaks Spanish and Basque, and he has a B2 in English. Like Pradales, he trained at the University of Deusto, especially for two degrees in engineering.
In 2011, he joined the Bilbao list of the PNV. In his twelve years in the Sangguniang Panlungsod, he led various fields such as consumption, equality, youth, sports, or citizen participation. “Having to adapt to different places, groups of people, and projects all the time requires effort and a continuous learning process, but it’s worth it. “It allows me to have a more global vision, and I believe that I can contribute that knowledge, with my commitment, to the European Parliament,” he explained in statements released by the party.
He is married and has a daughter and a son, “with whom he tries to share his hobbies and himself.” Where are those? The emergency resume shows that “he loves sports and alternates yoga practice with swimming and ‘crossfit’. He also loves nature and, whenever he has the chance, he walks with Txoko, the family Labrador dog, through the green ring of Bilbao or escapes to see the sea, because he considers the Basque coast one of the best treasures of the Basque Country.”
On LinkedIn, the 43-year-old candidate from Bilbao added that he is “passionate about Euskadi, its people, and its values.” “I like challenges, learning new things, meeting different people, and working as a team. My family, my friends, playing sports, and moments alone. “I need them in my life,” he wrote on his profile.
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