At the meeting of the Europe and International Committee on October 25, Catalonia's State Secretary for Digital Affairs Gina Tost, Lombardy's Minister for Economic Development Guido Guidesi, and Baden-Württemberg's State Secretary at the Ministry of Economics Dr. Patrick Rapp spoke about current developments in the Four Motors regions and the challenges facing the regions. In particular, they addressed the topics of digitalization, artificial intelligence and vocational training.
Gina Tost emphasized Catalonia's role as a pioneer for digitalization in Spain and Europe and also addressed the region's attractiveness for business investment. During her statement, she also stressed the relevance of the recognition of the Catalan language and culture within the EU. Guido Guidesi also elaborated on the benefits of interregional partnerships that can strengthen the interests of the regions. To address the challenges together, he suggested a threefold path including knowing the reality and daily lives of businesses, technological neutrality and an openness towards technological innovation. The last point especially is an area where Guidesi particularly values the cooperation of the Four Motors for Europe.
The parliamentarians of the Europe and International Committee of Baden-Württemberg showed a great interest in the continued intensification of the cooperation between the Four Motors for Europe regions and asked questions about how the cooperation can help tackle the challenge of labour shortages.