Today’s intervention by the Lehendakari of the Basque Government, Iñigo Urkullu, has caused serious discomfort to more than 700 businessmen present at the XXVI Family Business Congress, held in Bilbao.
Urkullu, who spoke before the intervention of King Felipe VI, gave a large part of his speech in Basque, which caused murmurs in the Euskalduna Palace. It was a moment of tension where Urkullu fell silent, staring with an unhappy expression at the businessmen, before ending his speech.
Although the Lehendakari often uses Basque in his public interventions, interspersed with Spanish, many businessmen complain that many do not understand what he says.
This is not the first time that something similar happened in the Congress because on Sunday the Basque also started the presentation in the same way in the Auditorium of the University of Deusto during the intervention of the mayor of the city, Juan Mari Aburto. which also caused protests to be heard from the audience.
The protests clashed with endless applause from businessmen for King Felipe VI, who emphasized his support for companies. During his speech, the King came out in defense of companies, stressing that they are “the real architects of economic development.” “In the face of uncertainty and challenges, companies must always be part of the solution, in any situation and situation,” he said.
Felipe VI recognized the success of the motto of the XXVI Family Business Congress “The strength of people”, as well as the weight they have in creating jobs in the country. After the King’s intervention and the loud applause, the organizer of the event, Esther Vaquero, had to ask the audience to be quiet in order to continue with the next intervention. “The King asked me,” he said.
Among the various presentations and interventions, the president of Banco Santander, Ana Botín, who participated in a dialogue with Sabina Fluxá, vice president and CEO of the Iberostar Group, was also highly praised. Botín spoke clearly and intimately, defending the work of the companies and making sure that “giving benefits is healthy.”
The one who stood up again to the businessmen was the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, who spoke of the scheduling problems. This is the fifth time in a row that something similar has happened. Although it was confirmed in principle, it was finally entrusted to the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá.