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An agreement between Bizkaia and the University of Nevada, Reno to disseminate research on the Economic Agreement

11/12/2014

The Regional Government of Bizkaia is aware of the important role played by the Center in Basque cultural diffusion.  Shown here, Joseba Zulaika, Josune Ariztondo and Pello Salaburu.
The Regional Government of Bizkaia is aware of the important role played by the Center in Basque cultural diffusion. Shown here, Joseba Zulaika, Josune Ariztondo and Pello Salaburu.

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The Governing Council of the Regional Government of Bizkaia approved the signing of an agreement yesterday with the University of Nevada, Reno in order to disseminate international research on the Economic Concert of the Basque Country and its relationship with the federal tax systems in the United States.  The agreement, supported by the Bizkaian regional treasury, establishes the appointment of two experts, currently working at the Provincial Government, to spend three months, one in 2015 and the other in 2016 at the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).

Bilbao, Bizkaia.  The Center for Basque Studies (CBS) is a well-known international research center as well as the base of researchers and national and international conferences with its own press that has published over sixty titles in English on Basque themes.  The Center provides undergraduate and graduate level classes on Basque topics, including the Basque language, as well as administers a Ph.D. program.  The Center also carries out research and teaches courses on anthropology, history, politics and culture, the diaspora, Basque language as stated in the note made public by the Provincial Executive.

In 2013-14, the Center introduced a new field of knowledge to its activities: legal and economic studies with an emphasis on the economic and financial framework of self-government and specifically with regard to the tax system and public funding in the Basque Country.  The newly-approved agreement strengthens the ties between the Center in Nevada the Regional Government of Bizkaia with a commitment of collaboration that will provide an international dimension to the dissemination of research on the economic agreement.

The call, supported by the Bizkaiko Foru Aldundia (Regional Government), is open to all staff with a degree in economics, business administration or law.  English proficiency equivalent to a level C1 of the common European framework of reference is also required and at least five years of work experience in the Government of Bizkaia in fiscal and tax systems. The selected person will conduct research directed at deepening the understanding of the relationships between the Basque economic concert system and the existing US structural models.

He/she will also teach courses as an invited professor on taxes and fiscal cultural courses taught by the Department of Economics at UNR.  In 2016, the Center will organize a seminar on the Basque tax structures and tax culture, in conjunction with both visiting professionals chosen as part of this agreement.  The Center is also committed to publishing and disseminating the presentations from this seminar. 



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