In his speech for National Day 2022, the Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the country's residents and cross-border workers.
"It is a Luxembourgish tradition to gather on the eve of National Day to celebrate with our loved ones, friends, neighbours, and fellow human beings. If we are able to follow this tradition again this year, it is above all thanks to you, dear fellow citizens."
While recalling that the coronavirus has not disappeared – and is still infecting many people – the Prime Minister stated that he is hopeful about the coming months, even with a potential new wave looming over the end of the year: "We are well-prepared for the next autumn and winter."
The Prime Minister also addressed the war in Ukraine. According to Bettel, this crisis has helped to strengthen the ties between Europeans: "Europe has come together and is more united today than before. Luxembourg has a strong position in a strong Europe."
"I am proud to be Prime Minister of a country where citizens show solidarity not only with each other, but also with people from foreign countries who are in need of our help," he continued, before recalling the government's efforts to protect purchasing power.
He concluded his message by thanking Luxembourg's cross-border workers. "Without the thousands of people who cross the border every day to work here, our health system would have literally collapsed during the pandemic. Every inhabitant of Luxembourg, as well as all our cross-border commuters, contribute to Luxembourg's success story. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!"
Full message from Prime Minister Xavier Bettel in the context of National Day 2022
Dear fellow citizens
Tomorrow, we celebrate the first National Day in three years that may be observed in the manner that we are accustomed to. It is a Luxembourgish tradition to gather on the eve of National Day to celebrate with one's loved ones, friends, neighbours, and fellow human beings.
If we are able to follow this tradition again this year, it is above all thanks to you, dear fellow citizens.
Thanks to your solidarity with your fellow human beings over the past two years, you have allowed us to get the coronavirus under control. No, the virus has not completely disappeared yet. But through a concerted effort, we as a society were able to contain the pandemic so that we are now able to live with the virus without risking the collapse of our healthcare system. And we are also well-prepared for the next autumn and winter.
National Day is not just an opportunity to celebrate, but also to commemorate. We commemorate all those who gave their lives in service for our country, our values, and our freedom.
Over the past two years, we also had to say goodbye to many beloved people. Every death is one too many. Today and tomorrow, we will thus also pay tribute to them and their families. And we thank those who have been and still are working tirelessly for our health during these trying times.
Dear fellow citizens, in recent weeks many of us have felt transported back a few decades to dark times in our history. A war has broken out in the middle of Europe, a war that unfortunately seems all too familiar to us Luxembourgers.
The war in Ukraine concerns all of us. Not just because of our past. But also because every day, the Ukrainian people are fighting for our principles, principles that we celebrate year after year on National Day. They are the principles of peace, of freedom, and of independence.
It is our duty to help the people in Ukraine. Luxembourg has participated in the aid initiatives for Ukraine since day one and supported the sanctions against Russia. Europe has come together and is more united today than before. Luxembourg has a strong position in a strong Europe. We will continue to support the Ukrainian people until the injustices and human suffering in Ukraine come to an end.
Dear fellow citizens, I am proud to be Prime Minister of a country where citizens show solidarity not only with each other, but also with people from foreign countries who are in need of our help. People who had to leave their home because they fear for their lives. Because from one moment to another, their entire existence literally lies in ruins.
I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the Ukrainian refugees. The many volunteers who welcome entire families into their homes. Associations, schools and individuals that organise fundraising campaigns.
I feel a great need to thank all these people – you, my fellow citizens – and to express my sincere respect for you. All the more so because I am aware that the war in Ukraine also has consequences for you.
Inflation, especially with regard to energy, is a reality that affects many people in their everyday lives. Peace in Europe and the defence of our principles have a price. But this price should not be paid by those who already had difficulties making ends meet before the war.
And here, too, we live solidarity. The so-called "Solidarity Pact" is the result of a tripartite and a social dialogue that has proven once again that it works. Even in these difficult times, the social dialogue is the guarantor for safeguarding our prosperity and our welfare state.
Dear fellow citizens, I am aware that the last few years have not been the easiest. We live in times of great uncertainty and challenges. The fight against climate change is just one of these challenges that must not be forgotten, regardless of what else is happening in the world.
Our National Day is a good opportunity to remember that we Luxembourgers have already survived many difficult times together. Whenever we have stuck together as a people, we have emerged stronger as a country from crises. Let us face our future together, with determination, solidarity, and optimism.
Dear fellow citizens,
Luxembourg is a country where people from all nations live and work together peacefully. Our openness to the world remains our best asset and is one of the essential foundations for the future of our country. The pandemic has given us clear proof of this. Without the thousands of people who cross the border every day to work here, our health system would have literally collapsed during the pandemic. Every inhabitant of Luxembourg, as well as all our cross-border commuters, contribute to Luxembourg's success story. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
On my personal behalf and on behalf of the government, I wish you a happy National Day and many beautiful moments with those who are close to your hearts.
Long live our Grand Duke;
Long live our Grand-Ducal Family;
Long live little Prince Charles as well;
And long live our country.