Valencians 'the best of Spain'
PM praises the constructive spirit of the people on Valencia Day
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