Interview with Prince Hans-Adam II
On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein along with Hereditary Prince Alois and Princess Sophie celebrated National Day 2012 in Vaduz. Unfortunately, Prince Maximilian and Princess Angela of Liechtenstein did not attend.
The princely family, along with thousands of locals, celebrated their special day “… on the grassy meadows below Vaduz Castle… at 2pm a folk festival began in the Vaduz Städtle and in the evening there were fireworks…”
Also, during today’s celebrations Hereditary Prince Alois gave a speech regarding immigration and reforms. Here is what he had to say (rough translation, sorry):
Hereditary Prince Alois has called for reforms and a Cautious Opening of Immigration for Economic Reasons.
‘The economy calls for an easing of immigration rules. Otherwise, the country could recruit not enough experts in the current critical phase’ the Hereditary Prince Alois said in his speech on the Vaduz Castle meadow in the splendid summer weather before over 2,000 festival visitors.
Hereditary Prince Alois, who took over the reign from his father eight years ago, proposed a “well-designed and cautious opening” of immigration. The country should be connected to a facilitated naturalization of host foreigners. Liechtenstein is one of approximately 37,000 inhabitants and almost as many jobs as possible. The commuters make up the majority of the employees.
Reforms according to Hereditary Prince Alois are also needed in the next few years in the social system. He also spoke about pension, care, family support and health. The responsibility in these areas must be strengthened and help must come to the really needy. According to the prince, this means that quite a few premium payers will get the cost of social security systems to track more.
As another key priority, is the education system. The system has improved not only by money, but need further reforms, roughly in the direction of school autonomy.