- The Minister also stressed the crucial importance of the Mediterranean corridor, noting that "it is the great hope of Catalonia" and lamented the lack of strategic vision of the Spanish government on its urgent need, not only for Catalonia but for all the state
The Minister of Business and Knowledge, Ramon Tremosa, pointed out that "the centralisation of Madrid results in centralising the management of European funds in the Spanish Government". In the presentation of his new book "Catalunya potència logística natural" ("Catalonia natural logistical power"), Tremosa has analysed the current economic context and the response of the European Union to the economic crisis linked to COVID-19, emphasizing that "the pandemic has been a dramatic shock with a brutal impact that has brought out the best in Europe”.
In this sense, he wanted to highlight that the 15% decrease of the Spanish GDP is "something very painful for an economy", with a foreign debt of €1.3 trillion, a situation that has been partially recovered "thanks to being part of Europe”. Tremosa confessed he is "more Europeanist today but less Europeanist than tomorrow" and he insisted that European funds "provide a very good opportunity for all, but especially for Catalonia, since it meets the conditions to develop the projects that Europe is betting on “digitalisation, climate change and the energy revolution”.
Tremosa praised Chancellor Merkel's crisis management, because "in seven weeks she has organised the largest economic bailout in Europe since World War II" and lamented that "the good practices implemented in Europe leave the Spanish state in an unfavourable situation”.
In the conversation he had with the economist and politician, Elsa Artadi, Tremosa analysed the key role of logistics for Catalonia. At this point, he stressed the crucial importance of the Mediterranean corridor, noting that "it is the great hope of Catalonia" and he is convinced that it will represent "a great leap in competitiveness" for many large companies based in Catalonia, and a “very important” claim for foreign investment. Tremosa also lamented the lack of strategic vision of the Spanish government on its urgent need, not only for Catalonia but for the state.