Commemorating the Liberation of Monaco
To commemorate of the Liberation of Monaco, Monaco’s City Hall hosted the International Committee of Commemoration and participated in a Ceremony of Remembrance at the Cemetery.
On 3 September 2018, members of the International Committee of Commemoration gathered on the Place de la Mairie to share a toast symbolizing friendship, served in the Court of Honour at the Town Hall. Louis Dental, Chairman of the Committee, along with about forty other people were received by Françoise Gamerdinger, 3rd Deputy representing Mayor Georges Marsan and members of the Communal Council.
At 5 pm, Henri Doria, 10th Deputy Mayor and Karyn Ardisson-Salopek, Communal Councillor, participated in the Ceremony of Remembrance celebrated at Monaco’s cemetery by Canon César Penzo in the presence of Jacques Boisson, Secretary of State representing HSH the Sovereign Prince, Serge Telle, Minister of State, Stéphane Valéri, President of the National Council, Marine de Carne de Trecesson de Coetlogon, Ambassador of France in Monaco, as well as many other Monegasque personalities.
Representatives of the official authorities of the Principality paid tribute to the heroes of the Liberation and laid wreaths in front of the Monument aux morts. They then gathered by the graves of René Borghini and Joseph Lajoux, martyrs of the Monegasque resistance.
One Thousand people attend Traditional Monegasque Picnic
This year’s Monegasque picnic, called ‘U Cavagnëtu’ gathered more than a thousand Monegasques at Princess Antoinette Park on Friday 31 August 2018.
The traditional picnic took place in the presence of the Sovereign Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, their children Hereditary Prince Jacques, Princess Gabriella and other members of the Princely family.
Welcomed by Mayor Georges Marsan and members of the Communal Council, the evening began with traditional dances by La Palladienne de Monaco.
After an outdoor mass by Monsignor Bernard Barsi, with singing by the U Cantin d’A Rocca choir, the evening continued under the olive trees at the Princess Antoinette Park accompanied by jazz music provided by Musique Municipale.
The one thousand Monegasques gathered for the occasion were able to enjoy a convivial aperitif, traditional socca served around ovens and stalls accompanied by local culinary specialties (pie, pissaladière, fougasse Monegasque) with drinks, barbecues, ice cream and other delicacies offered by the City Council to complete the cavagnëtu (‘picnic basket’) that some attendees brought for the occasion.
Monaco hosts EU Council’s Working Party on European Free Trade Association
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Gilles Tonelli today welcomed the Council of the European Union‘s Working Party on the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which is in the Principality for a study visit until 7 September.
The Working Party, which previously paid an initial visit to Monaco in June 2013, is made up of diplomats from the 28 EU member states, as well as representatives from the Council Secretariat and the European External Action Service (EEAS). One of its roles is to follow up negotiations aimed at concluding an association agreement between Monaco and the EU.*
Starting tomorrow, the members of the Working Party will undertake a series of visits, meetings and working sessions with the Prince’s Government, the Principality’s institutions, and several representatives from the private sector (see attached programme).
The visit, organised at the initiative of the Prince’s Government, seeks to present and explain to key European interlocutors the geographical and demographic realities that apply to Monaco, as well as the Principality’s unique institutional, economic and social features.
* The Council of the European Union’s Working Party on the European Free Trade Association handles cooperation within the European Economic Area (EEA) and manages relations with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).It also oversees the EU’s relations with Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino and the Holy See/Vatican City, as well as with the Faroe Islands.
Maintenance and improvement work in the Principality’s schools and nurseries
As it does every year, the Public Buildings Maintenance Office, in coordination with the Department of Education, Youth and Sport, has been undertaking repair, maintenance and improvement work in all of the Principality’s schools during the summer period. The Office has also been working with Monaco City Hall to carry out similar work in crèches.
This year, there has been a particular focus on security measures at all buildings used by the 13 schools and five crèches. Bars have been installed and opaque anti-intruder coatings have been applied to doors and windows. Security alarms have also been fitted in some schools where this was considered necessary.
Improving energy efficiency has been another focus. The installation of energy meters linked to a centralised technical management system means that school management teams will now be able to carefully control and manage the occupation of rooms and premises. In addition, the replacement of external fixtures and fittings will improve the acoustic and thermal insulation of the buildings.
“The energy transition has been the common theme in the Office’s approach to this work for a number of years. This can be seen in the installation of LED lighting during every renovation project,” highlights Anthony de Sevelinges, Head of the Public Buildings Maintenance Office, adding “our objective is to reach 100% by next year.”
By the end of November 2018, nearly 100 photovoltaic panel modules will have been installed in the roof of École des Révoires. This clean energy source will be used to cover up to 20% of the school’s energy needs.