Luxembourg National Day celebration is the only holiday, that Grand Duchy could name national one. On the occasion of the Grand Duchy’s National Day, Prime Minister and Minister of State, Xavier Bettel, attended the official reception of Luxembourg diplomatic missions in Brussels on Friday.
On the sidelines of the reception, the prime minister presented honorary decorations to six Belgian personalities who had distinguished themselves through their commitment to the Grand Duchy and their contribution to good relations between the two countries.
“You are an illustration of all the Belgians who, through their commitment and their work and thanks to their skills and enthusiasm, help make Luxembourg what it is today,” Xavier Bettel commented in his speech. Awards were given to the following:
– Michèle Detaille, Business Manager of No Nail Boxes;
– Vincent Delwiche, CEO of Agora;
– Erik Hermans, Managing Director of DHL Express Luxembourg S.A.;
– Paul Dujardin, CEO and Artistic Director of Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles;
– Jeanne Brunfaut, Deputy Director of the Service général de l’Audiovisuel et des Médias and Director of the Centre du Cinéma de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles;
– Alain Crepin, musician, saxophone teacher at the Conservatoir royal de musique de Bruxelles and orchestration and conducting professor at the Conservatoire d’Esch-sur-Alzette.
The Luxembourg Prime Minister then attended the official reception on the occasion of National Day at the Maison du Luxembourg. In his address, the Prime Minister recalled the close links between Luxembourg and Belgium, whether historical, political, economic or cultural. He emphasised the importance of such links to meet the current challenges in Europe.
In the wake of the referendum results regarding the UK’s membership in the EU, Xavier Bettel stated that it was now more important than ever to work together in the interest of citizens.
“Self-centeredness and individualism have never brought solutions,” he remarked. “Let’s build together a Europe for citizens.”