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Richard Marangoni, Director of Public Security, presented his New Year greetings in the presence of Prince Albert, Serge Telle, Minister of State, Patrice Cellario, Minister of the Interior, as well as many leading figures in public life, at the traditional ceremony, which this year was held in the conference room of the Oceanographic Museum.
In his address, the Sovereign Prince said: “Security has always been one of the strengths of our country. It is up to us to make a pact to preserve it. Everyone must take part in it: women and men whose noble professional mission is to guarantee it, but, beyond that, everyone, through their discipline, and their understanding of the security measures put in place.”
After having discussed the security situation in 2017 and the implementation of the “Public Safety 2020” plan, including a strengthening of the workforce, Richard Marangoni said that over the 2012-2016 period, general crime had dropped by 28 percent and street crime by 43 percent.
“This trend, while one would have expected some stabilisation, continued in 2017 with a decrease of 1.04 percent for general delinquency and 16.58 percent for delinquency on public roads. Burglaries, meanwhile, fell by 17.14 percent,” he said.
In addition to “Public Safety 2020”, “Monaco, Safe City” is another initiative based on prevention and aimed at strengthening the security architecture of the Principality.
At the end of the ceremony, the Prince Albert presented the Outstanding Services Clasp, for acts of courage and dedication, to 19 police officers who distinguished themselves in 2016 and 2017.
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FEDEM, Monaco’s federation of employers, has published the winter edition of Monaco Business News, in French, in which the organisation’s president, Philippe Ortelli, summarises the challenges and opportunities of the New Year.
Mr Ortelli focuses on the acceleration of change due to the digital revolution and new technologies and the impact they have on the way CEOs manage their time and the organisation of their companies.
The Principality is in an enviable position, Mr Ortilli argues: “We are fortunate to be able to rely on an economic and social model like no other, except perhaps interesting analogies with Singapore.
“Our country allows us to be able to envisage this acceleration of the world around us as an opportunity to seize, provided that business leaders, politicians, executive authorities, take the measure of this global transformation and adapt the framework of our development to this new situation.”
Referring to the elections to the National Council due in February, FEDEM’s president points out that the new elected majority will have to make its own contributions so that its institutional partner, the Government, accelerates even more in the economic and social field in order to anticipate the adjustments that Monaco will need to make to perpetuate its model.
Mr Ortelli picks out the question of access – by road, rail, sea and air – to be one of the central preoccupations of the coming year.
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Minister of State, Serge Telle, accompanied by members of the Government, extended his New Year greetings to the editors of the main local and regional media on Monday, December 15 at the Yacht Club's Sunrise Deck.
Mr Telle made reference to the elections to the National Council, due to take place in February, took stock of the Government's central policies and the priorities for the coming year.
The Minister of State, in the company of Minister of Finance Jean Castellini, Minister of Environment Marie-Pierre Gramaglia and Minister of Interior Gilles Tonelli, also spoke of his commitment to the work of the media: “I believe more than ever in the need of the press at a time when, like you, I know that everywhere the press is criticised and its need disputed.”
He also touched on the other major challenge faced by established media, the business model turned upside down by the arrival of social networks.
“I want to tell you how much I am convinced of the importance of your mission and the desire for excellence that drives you.”