L-R: Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg's Prime Minister; Corinne Cahen, Luxembourg's Minister for the Greater Region; Jean Rottner, President of the Grand Est region; Claude Faber, diplomatic advisor to Prime Minister; Credit: ME

On Wednesday 17 February 2021, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and the Minister for the Greater Region, Corinne Cahen, participated in a working meeting via video conference with Jean Rottner, President of the Grand Est region in France.

First of all, an inventory of the regional COVID-19 situation was drawn up, particularly with regard to the appearance of new variants of the virus as well as the establishment and progress of the respective vaccination campaigns.

The participants also had an exchange on cross-border cooperation during the last few months, illustrating a solidarity which is dear to both the partners of the Grand Est and the Luxembourg government. They decided to continue this good cooperation and to try to consult more on border issues in the meetings of the Greater Region.

The participants also took stock of digitalisation and ICT, including the “European valley of artificial intelligence” project. This project could serve as a catalyst for the development of other collaborations in the field of artificial intelligence, including in the Greater Region.

Finally, Grand Est President Jean Rottner presented the main priorities for the French presidency of the Greater Region, during which time “Esch 2022”, European capital of culture, will take place. Several avenues of development and joint promotion were discussed.

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel noted: “We have good relations with our French friends, which are also the result of regular and open exchanges like the one today. Together, we have always been able to find pragmatic solutions to our common concerns and we will continue this close cooperation in the months and years to come".