HE Rémi Mortier, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Principality of Monaco to the Council of Europe, and Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, signed a biannual cooperation agreement between Monaco and the Council on Wednesday, May 9.
Monaco has reaffirmed its support for the Council of Europe by pledging to pay a minimum amount of €240,000 activities over the period 2018-2019.
The projects financed by the Prince’s Government are in line with the priority areas of engagement of the Principality internationally and concern more specifically five areas in which the Council of Europe has demonstrated recognised: Combat violence against women, domestic violence and violence against children in the Southern Mediterranean region; produce an Action Plan on the protection of refugee and migrant children in Europe; Strengthen the effectiveness of the European Court of Human Rights; Support the implementation of the Budapest Convention on combating cybercriminality; Support for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals on the environment, protection of biodiversity and climate change through the Bern Convention.
In view of the budgetary circumstances currently facing the Council of Europe, the Ambassador has also signed an agreement for the payment of an exceptional contribution of €8,000 to GRECO (Group of States against Corruption) to support its activities in 2018.
Lastly, €50,000 were paid by the Principality to support the organisation’s initiatives against money laundering and terrorist financing in the States and territories covered by MONEYVAL, the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism.