First official visit by Council of Europe

Minister of State, Serge Telle with Mr Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe. Photo: ©Direction de la Communication/Charly Gallo
Minister of State, Serge Telle with Mr Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe. Photo: ©Direction de la Communication/Charly Gallo

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjorn Jagland, made an official visit on October 27 to Monaco, the first since the Principality’s accession to the organisation in 2004.

The Secretary General was received in audience by HSH Prince Albert, attended by Ms Anne-Marie Boisbouvier, Advisor to the Prince’s Cabinet, Mr Gilles Tonelli, Government Minister Counsellor of External Relations and Cooperation, and HE Mr Rémi Mortier, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Monaco to the Council of Europe.

A working meeting was also held in the presence of HE Mr Serge Telle, Minister of State, with government ministers, advisers and legal advisor to the Government and the Representative for Legal Affairs also present.

Mr Jagland, and his delgation, also met HE Mr Philippe Narmino, Director of Judicial Services, and Mr Christophe Steiner, President of the National Council before meeting with Anne Eastwood, High Commissioner for the Protection of Rights, Liberties and Mediation.

During the visit, there was discussion about the Principality’s participation in the Council of Europe and its benefits as a result, as well as points raised about the fight against terrorism, international security, prevention of violent extremism, the migrant crisis and the situation in Ukraine.

Various parties also met with the Secretary General to clarify initiatives taken by Monaco in favour of Human Rights, and the many actions undertaken since the accession of Monaco, notably in the fight against corruption or money laundering, and those in support of the efficiency of justice.

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