Luxembourg Prime Minister's National Day speech
Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel evoked the important role that the Grand Duchy will play over the coming months in his traditional National Day eve speech.
Luxembourg will assume Presidency of the Council of the European Union on July 1, a role which will “put the citizen at the heart of debate”, Bettel said.
“We need a Europe that works more in consultation with citizens and not beside them. We need decisions that are understandable. The fight against unemployment and in favour of economic recovery will be among the most important challenges that must be addressed,” he said.
He went on to say that the Presidency will be an opportunity for Luxembourg to show “what we are: a strong partner who can be trusted, who looks forward and showed courage when needed.”
Bettel touched on the Luxembourg referendum, in which Luxembourgers voted overwhelmingly against all three proposals, including full foreigner voting rights.
“These proposals will not be included in the new Constitution. I am aware that we must include citizens more in political debate. Participation in political processes must start earlier and be better organised, in any case better than it has been in the past.”
Bettel said that the government was ready to tackle the problems facing the country, including unemployment and the widening gap between rich and poor. He also alluded to the diversification of the economy, affordable housing and safety.
“The government is ready to give answers to all these questions. And we want to find solutions together,” he said.
For those who want to practice their Luxembourgish, here is a video of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel's speech on the eve of National Day 2015.
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