Patrice Cellario, Minister of the Interior, participated in the 34th Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Wednesday, March 28, which was also attended by a delegation from the Town Hall, led by Mayor Georges Marsan.
Reports on local democracy were adopted relating to the smaller states of the Council of Europe – Monaco, Andorra, Liechtenstein and San Marino. Mr Cellario took part in a debate on the specific challenges being faced by the small states in putting the European Charter into practice.
The Minister welcomed the overall positive assessment issued by the Congress delegation, following its monitoring visit in May 2017, of the local democratic situation in the Principality. He also outlined Monegasque peculiarities, partly due to the small size of the territory, and reiterated the will of the Government to ensure efficient collaboration.
On the sidelines of the event, Patrice Cellario, accompanied by HE Rémi Mortier, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Monaco to the Council of Europe, met Mr Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe’s actions in sport, education and the fight against terrorism were discussed as well as the Principality’s commitment in these respects.