Secretary Rapp – who was unable to travel from Stuttgart due to the current situation of the Covid-19 virus in Germany – emphasized the jointly built reliable structures and resilient relationships our regions have built in the past decades, which, most importantly, have resulted in mutual trust – something that we should be proud of. He thanked the Catalan Government for demonstrating in the past months that still much is to be done so that societies and economies can emerge stronger from the crisis, and welcomed the approach of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes presidency aimed at Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth in the current context where the pandemic has highlighted the weaknesses and interdependence of European Economies. “It is important that the economically strong regions of the Four Motors for Europe regain their industrial and technological sovereignty”.
Undersecretary Rizzi underlined the importance of the current path in which we are committed to controlling the pandemics, while at the same time trying to design a restart strategy that combines the needs of economic recovery, environmental protection, the fight against climate change and the inclusion of all in growth. The Four Motors for Europe must have the audacity to exploit the broader context, such as the national Recovery and Resilience Plans, the European New Green Deal or the Glasgow agreement, to play a growing role in these decision-making scenarios, to give more weight to our requests, to collaborate in key projects and to contribute innovative policies to the European community.
The interventions of the institutional representatives were complemented by a keynote speech “Science, Policy and Transformative Resilience” of Dr. Asun Lera St. Clair, Senior Advisor at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and a member of the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia (CADS). In addition, two of the on-going initiatives of the association were presented during the ceremony: the 4ME Business Passport – presented by Roger Suárez, a member of the working group Economy – and the creation of the new working group Sustainable Food Systems – presented by Carmel Mòdol i Bresolí, Secretary for Food, Ministry of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda at the Catalan Government.
This handover ceremony was transmitted through live streaming and is available to watch again in any of the official languages of the Four Motors for Europe: Catalan, French, German and Italian.