The little Principality of Monaco has always something going on. So here we selected for you the most interesting pieces of news from the past week.
On the morning of his 60th birthday, a surprise awaited HSH Prince Albert II and his children on the Place du Palais. An enormous ice sculpture, elegantly spelling out ‘Happy Birthday’ in ephemeral letters surprised the Prince and delighted his twin children Jacques and Gabriella, who joyously ran around the work of art, taking it all in. Mario Amegee, the artist behind the ice sculpture, spontaneously decided to create the piece as a gift for the Prince.
Is the Mediterranean cultural heritage still alive? Will artists and intellectuals be able to breathe new life to that civilizing power which has made the Mediterranean Basin the most important cradle of culture, for centuries? Is it possible to recreate a shared sense of Mediterranean identity, inspired by the “koinè” in the ancient Greece? The 9th Rencontres Internationales Monaco et la Méditerranée (RIMM), held on the 15thand 16th March 2018 at the prestigious setting of the Musée Océanographique, gathered influential university professors, historians, journalists, writers, philosophers, artists and musicians to debate on the present and the future role of the Mediterranean Area from a social, cultural, economic and environmental point of view.
Once again this year, Monaco will be celebrating World Theatre Day on Tuesday the 27th of March 2018, at 8 pm with an eclectic program at the Princesse Grace Theatre. The event is free and accessible to all.
Last week, at a lunch held at the Hotel Hermitage, Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, received H.E. Mr Rahman Sahib oglu Mustafayev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan, H.E. Ms Datin Paduka Malai Hajah Halimah Malai Haji Yussof, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam, H.E. Mr Rodolphe Adada, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Congo, and H.E. Mr Alexey Meshkov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, who presented their credentials to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince during the morning.
Monaco’s Portier Cove ranks as one the largest construction projects in Europe – and by some measures the largest. Monaco is no stranger to being top of the league, nor to living in harmony with the sea. It appears that Monaco is starting a trend to burst out of its land based straight-jacket every 50 years. First it was Fontvieille reclaimed from the sea. Now it is Portier Cove that takes its place in the Mediterranean. It could be a chapter out of a Jules Verne classic “20.000 Leagues Under The Sea” or a science fiction thriller. Another 50 years and it may be “Beam me up Scottie to Spaceship Monaco”.
Recently, the launch conference took place for the second Monaco Ocean Week, to be held from 8 to 14 April 2018.
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and its partners – the Prince’s Government, Monaco Scientific Centre, the Oceanographic Institute and the Yacht Club of Monaco – are thus reaffirming their wish to take action in the face of threats to the environment, in particular to the ocean.
A most beautiful birthday present on Prince Albert’s 60th! Can you guess what it is? A “This is Your Life” book. It is the result of a year-long effort by two journalists, well-qualified for the task at hand. Their effort to contact the Prince over a year ago was surprisingly rewarded with a warm response and genuine cooperation. Surprising because Prince Albert had to find the time to be interviewed over many hours. One of the revelations in the book is just how exhausting a day in the life of Prince Albert can be. It is a minor miracle there was a 25th hour in the day to share his life with the journalists! Princess Stephanie reveals how much she yearns sometimes for the good old days – yes, the good old days before her brother Prince Albert became sovereign, when he could drop everything and come over for a dinner and a chat and vice versa.
Monaco’s Smart-City: Frederic Genta appointed Chief Digital Officer
Frédéric Genta has been appointed Interdepartmental Delegate in charge of the digital transition of the Principality of Monaco (Country Chief Digital Officer).
A graduate of ESCP Europe with an MBA from Harvard Business School, the 36-year-old Monegasque was part of the Google France management team where he held various positions in Paris and Mountain View. Previously, Frederic worked at Amazon and Orange.
The Traffic Register Service is harmonizing the format of license plates for two-wheeled vehicles: the square format for mopeds, and similar plates has been removed.
Since the 1st of March 2018, identical rectangular plates will now be issued for all new registrations for motorcycles, tricycles, mopeds or quads.
Beautiful Spring weather has arrived at last – don’t miss this great opportunity to train outdoors.
There are proven benefits to combining outdoor training with your exercise at the gym.