[caption id="attachment_26326" align="alignnone" width="640"] Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the OSCE. Photo: DC[/caption]
Gilles Tonelli, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, spoke on a number of topics important to the Principality at the 24th Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, held in Vienna on December 7 and 8.
The minister reaffirmed Monaco's commitment to the fundamental rules of international law, first and foremost the defence of human rights, the rule of law and democracy, as well as the respect for the principles of justice and peace.
Gilles Tonelli praised the OSCE's many actions in the context of the Ukrainian crisis, as well as the important efforts made to calm tensions in the region. He also reaffirmed the financial support of the Principality to the OSCE Special Observer Mission to Ukraine.
In addition, Mr Tonelli indicated that the Principality will continue its efforts to contribute, as far as it can, to the fight against “the terrorist scourge”. These efforts are reflected in the extension, for three years, of the programme that Monaco is supporting alongside UNODC, aimed at helping the Sahel countries to improve their criminal justice systems in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, and by supporting the "Octopus-Cybercrim Program" under the auspices of the Council of Europe.
Finally, Gilles Tonelli said that the Principality of Monaco remains resolutely engaged with its Mediterranean partners, notably through the extension, in 2018-2019, of a financing agreement between the Prince's Government and the OSCE on a project to ”fight against trafficking in human beings along migration routes".
This extension was signed, in the margins of the Ministerial Council, in a bilateral meeting with Ambassador Thomas Greminger, the new Secretary General of the OSCE, in the presence of Madina Jarbussynova, Special Representative and OSCE Coordinator for the fight against trafficking in human beings.
The minister was accompanied in Vienna by Ms Isabelle Berro-Amadei, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Principality of Monaco to the OSCE, and Lorenzo Ravano, First Counsellor to the Monaco Embassy in Berlin.
The Government has pointed out that Monaco has not appeared on any of the three lists of problematic fiscal jurisdictions as published by the Council of Europe on Tuesday, December 5. A total of 92 jurisdictions were listed.
Monaco was recognised as "largely compliant" in terms of transparency four years ago, at the World Forum of the OCDE held in Jakarta. Furthermore, Monaco’s economic model is "onshore", the Monaco government said in its statement published on Wednesday, December 6. What makes the Principality rich is the wealth of its residents, who live and consume in Monaco, plus the VAT revenues produced in accordance with an agreement with France.
From May 17, 2016, Monaco has applied the necessary measures to combat the erosion of the tax base and transfer of profits, the statement said, adding, “The Government states with satisfaction the recognition of the work so far accomplished and will pursue future actions to maintain its conformity to international standards in these matters."
[caption id="attachment_26434" align="alignnone" width="719"] Claude Cottalorda, Ambassador of Monaco in France, and Miss Mouna Lekhnati. Photo: DR[/caption]
His Excellency Claude Cottalorda, Ambassador of Monaco to France, attended the 58th Award Ceremony of the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation for Vocation on Monday, December 11, where he presented one of the prizes.
This Foundation, chaired by Elisabeth Badinter, offers financial awards young men and women who are particularly deserving in different fields of activity, from literature to sport, science, research and the environment.
During the Ceremony held at the Edouard VII Theatre in Paris, the Ambassador of Monaco presented the HSH Prince Albert II Prize to Miss Mouna Lekhnati, a young 22-year-old planner, who plans to build a Smart City, thanks to her studies in technology and sustainable development.
The vocational prize will allow this young woman to finance part of her tuition fees and help her in the beginning of her future career.
[caption id="attachment_23261" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo: Monaco Life[/caption]
SNCF train service to and from Monaco Monte-Carlo will be seriously disrupted on Thursday, October 19, as French unions hold another one-day strike in protest against new labour laws.
The so-called inter-professional protest will mean that only one in two trains will operate during the morning and evening rush hours between Nice and Monaco. Services to and from Menton and Ventimiglia will be similarly affected.
Disruption will extend into Friday, causing further delays and cancellations during the morning commute. The “one-day” protest – which went into effect Wednesday at 7 pm – is led by the CGT, France’s most militant trade union.
Meanwhile, Italian unions representing public sector workers have called on members to join in strikes on October 27 and November 10, both Fridays and the most popular day of the week for work stoppages in Italy. Both rail and air travel are likely to be hit.
[caption id="attachment_10716" align="alignnone" width="468"] Photo: The Plastic Oceans Foundation/David Jones[/caption]
Last June, Stars’n’Bars launched the Principality’s first EcoHub, which included housing a Monaco-based vegetable garden to serve the restaurant, hosting Monacology week and drawing attention to year-round events like Earth Day and World Water Day.
As part of EcoHub’s commitment to the environment – the sea, forest, sustainable development, water consumption and renewable energies – Stars'n'Bars has also been offering its premises, and network of nearly 30 years, to other eco-conscious individuals in the region to help raise awareness though conferences and workshops.
As founder Kate Powers explained: “We use less than 40 percent of our space and operating hours to benefit our customers and it’s clear that we have so much more to offer.”
On Sunday January 15, a free afternoon seminar under the theme “Protection of the Mediterranean” will provide a series of five mini-conferences in French highlighting planet preservation.
Emceed by Pascal Mayol of Souffleurs D'écume, participants are key players in the region’s ecological scene, starting at 1 pm with photographer Ed Wright who will talk about “Plastics, Mediterranean and Deception: All Before 2041”, followed by Pascal Mayol on “Men and Cetaceans: How to Cohabit” (2 pm) and, at 3:30 pm, "Risso’s Dolphin: An Amazing Yet Unknown Animal” presented by Nathalie Ile (Expe 2M and GIS3M).
The conference rounds off with the World Recorder of Free-Diving, Pierre Frolla, discussing “The Oceans: The last Wall For Our Survival” and, lastly, at 5:30 pm, CESTMED’s Delphine Gambaiani will address “Protection of Marine Turtles”.
The event starts at 1 pm and is open both adults and children, because “it’s never too late or too soon to make a difference”.