In Vaduz, the delegation was received by the Presidium of the Landtag of Liechtenstein, headed by its president Albert Frick. Talks focused on bilateral relations, the role of parliaments during a pandemic and crises such as the war in Ukraine. The delegations also addressed the customs agreement between Switzerland and Liechtenstein, which forms the basis for the close ties between the two countries and whose 100th anniversary will be marked next year. The relations of the two countries with the European Union were also discussed. The social programme included a visit to the Ospelt food company in Bendern and a guided tour of the extended art museum.
The close and friendly relations between Liechtenstein and Switzerland are based on a series of almost 100 agreements. Frequent visits take place at all levels to foster diplomatic relations. However, the most recent meeting of the two delegations for relations at parliamentary level was a while ago, however; it took place in 2018.
The Swiss delegation was led by Alex Kuprecht, member of the Council of States, and further comprised National Council members Thomas Rechsteiner (vice president of the delegation), Roland Rino Büchel, David Zuberbühler, Claudia Friedl, Sophie Michaud Gigon and Susanne Vincenz-Stauffacher. The Liechtenstein parliament was represented by the members of the parliamentary presidium: Landtag President Albert Frick as head of the delegation, Vice President Gunilla Marxer-Kranz, MPs Daniel Oehry, Manfred Kaufmann and Patrick Risch, Ambassador Doris Frick and Landtag secretary Josef Hilti.
Group picture in the Landtag building © Paul Trummer