President (Lehendakari) of the Basque Government, Iñigo Urkullu, presided over the meeting of the Etxepare Institute Board of Trustees, held yesterday afternoon at the office of the Basque Government. The Board was informed of the activities carried out in 2016 and the areas of work planned for the next four years.
The Lehendakari welcomed the members, followed by a reading of minutes from the Board’s previous meeting. The Institute’s director, Miren Arzalluz, reported on the accounts, the 2016 management report, and the budget for 2017.
Arzalluz presented Etxepare’s strategic areas of work over the next four years, explaining that the Institute will seek better coordination and collaboration with cultural institutions and stakeholders. To that end, Etxepare will identify areas of coordination and set in motion more effective work dynamics. The Institute will also continue to grow, building on networks already in place and bolstering partnerships with other institutions.
In order to raise the profile of the Basque Country and Basque artists and creators, Etxepare will design a new strategy for action and communication.
In the area of cultural diplomacy, Etxepare wants to play a more influential role in EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) and strengthen cross-border cooperation.