Va­len­cians 'the best of Spain'

PM praises the con­struc­tive spirit of the peo­ple on Va­len­cia Day

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Dave Jones

THE VA­LEN­CIA re­gion was held up as an ex­am­ple of ‘har­mony’ and ‘the best of Spain’ by Prime Min­is­ter Pedro Sánchez dur­ing an event to cel­e­brate Va­len­cia Day (Oc­to­ber 9) on Tues­day.

Sr Sánchez con­grat­u­lated the Va­len­cian peo­ple on us­ing di­a­logue to con­struct the fu­ture.

“You put co­hab­i­ta­tion first, above re­gional in­ter­ests,” he said.

“You find com­mon ground rather than look­ing for ex­cuses for con­fronta­tion.

“You do not look to op­pose, but to con­struct.”

He said this was an ex­am­ple of the kind of Spain that the whole coun­try should be look­ing to cre­ate.

The PM was speak­ing at a cer­e­mony in the re­gional gov­ern­ment palace in Va­len­cia city (see photo above).

He noted that it was through di­a­logue that the in­fras­truc­ture ‘deficit’ suf­fered by the Va­len­cia re­gion should be re­solved.

Also, their fight to re­struc­ture the state fund­ing sys­tem for the re­gions, which has his­tor­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged Va­len­cia, was a just one.

Sr Sánchez also high­lighted the im­por­tance of the Euro­pean Union to face up to global chal­lenges such as cli­mate change and im­mi­gra­tion.

“Our com­mit­ment to Europe is firm and sin­cere,” he said.

Around the re­gion

At the same time, each town in the Va­len­cia re­gion held its own events to cel­e­brate the day of the Va­len­cian peo­ple.

Flags were raised out­side town halls and in pub­lic squares and hymns were sung by those at­tend­ing.

In Tor­re­vieja, lo­cal politi­cians and res­i­dents braved the rain to take part in the flag rais­ing cer­e­mony in Plaza de la Con­sti­tu­ción - in front of the town hall.

In Fines­trat hu­man cas­tles (photo right) were part of the fes­tiv­i­ties that in­cluded tra­di­tional mu­sic and dances.

PM Pedro Sánchez spoke at a cer­e­mony in the re­gional gov­ern­ment palace in Va­len­cia

Mayor Dolón raised the flag on a wet Tues­day in Tor­re­vieja

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