Archive for February, 2007

Monaco car share scheme – encouraging first results

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

On Thursday, 22nd February 2007, H.E. Bernard Fautrier, official representative for the Minister of State, gave a first review of “monacovoiturage.mc”, the car share scheme that was launched almost five months ago. So far, the figures are quite promising, although Bernard Fautrier pointed out that “Trials conducted in foreign countries have shown that two to three years are necessary to reach high car share rates”.  

Just over 400 people have signed up via the website (wwww.monacovoiturage.mc) and a total 77,000 people have logged on since it was first set up. At the same time, almost 180 motorists have subscribed to preferential rates for “car sharers” with the Department of public car parking facilities in Monaco. In total, although the majority of drivers still travel alone, the number of vehicles transporting more than one person increased by 1.6% between October 2006 and January 2007. In order to encourage people to take part in the scheme, two communication campaigns were implemented; one in October 2006 and another from 15th January to 15th February 2007, including radio ads, flyers (printed on recyclable paper!) and “eye catching” posters in the Principality and neighbouring areas. Awareness programmes have also been set up in Monegasque companies. Information regarding car sharing is also being promoted via intranet sites in some companies, including Single Buoy Moorings and the Princess Grace Hospital. So who’s next on the programme for monacovoiturage.mc? The hotel and banking sectors, as well as the Monegasque public services. A new campaign is planned for the end of the summer to ensure the scheme is brought to the attention of the public for the new academic year 2007/2008. Monacovoiturage.mc is aimed at reducing traffic in the Principality during rush hour and consequently limiting pollution. How? By putting commuters into contact with each other so that they are able to travel together. Thanks to a special website and a call centre, anybody wishing to take part in the car share scheme can find one or several “partners” for their journey to and from work. In addition to the benefits for the environment, car sharing also represents a significant financial saving estimated at 1300 euros a year per user, thanks to a special subscription rate in the Monaco public car parks for all participants, as the cost is split into 2, 3 or 4 (depending on the number of car sharers).  

Prince Albert’s Daughter Launches Children’s Charity in Fiji

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Prince Albert of Monaco’s daughter Jazmin Grace was warmly welcomed as she launched her children’s charity in Fiji. The 15-year-old Californian enjoyed an eight-day tour of the Pacific islands to promote her charitable foundation, The Jazmin Fund, helping children around the world. She spent time meeting locals and delivering vitamins to the women’s ward of a small hospital. She wrote on her website (www.jazminfund.com), “The Fijians have an absolutely beautiful spirit about them. Even though they don’t have much, they make up for it by having such rich hearts.” 

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation: scientific and technical committee meeting

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s scientific and technical committee met for the first time on Friday 16th February in Monaco in the presence of Prince Albert II. The purpose of this first meeting was to choose the projects that will receive support in 2007. (more…)

H.E. Mr. Eric Calcagno y Maillmann, the Argentinean Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary hands over his letters of credence to the Principality of Monaco.

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

As we briefly reported in our recent edition, in the late morning of Tuesday 13th February 2007 in the Prince’s Palace, H.E. Mr. Eric Calcagno y Maillmann, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Argentina officially handed over his letters of credence to the Principality of Monaco. (more…)

H.E. Mr. Mohamed Jaham AL Kuwari, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar hands over his letters of credence to the Principality of Monaco.

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

As we briefly reported in our recent edition, in the early morning on Tuesday 13th February 2007 in the Prince’s Palace, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Jaham AL Kuwari, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar handed over his letters of credence to the Principality of Monaco. More... After being welcomed to the Royal Courtyard by the Carabinieri guard of honor under the orders of Lieutenant-Colonel Morandon, Commander of the Company of the Prince’s Carabinieri, Ambassador Al Kuwari was taken to the Hall of Mirrors by Colonel Luc Fringant, H.S.H. the Prince’s Chamberlain. H.E. Mr. Mohamed Jaham Al Kuwari then handed over his letters of credence to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, who was accompanied by Mr. René Novella, Secretary of State, Mr. Henri Fissore, Government Counselor for external relations, and Mr. Georges Lisimachio, Head of H.S.H. the Prince’s Cabinet. Following the ceremony, H.S.H. the Prince received the Ambassador in the Family Drawing Room for a private audience. Qatar thus becomes the twelfth foreign power accredited to Monaco. With a population of 700,000 inhabitants, the economic wealth of this country derives from its reserves of natural gas (third after Russia and Iran). It boasts one of the highest incomes per capita in the world (GDP/inhabitant 58,000 dollars in 2005). For several years now, the country has been involved in a policy of economic openness in the region. In 2001, it hosted the WTO ministerial meeting. Within the sphere of sports, the State of Qatar is highly active. Every year, the country hosts various sporting events such as the Doha Open and the Fifteenth Asian Games (December 2006), the third most important sporting event after the World Cup and the Olympic Games.

The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) brought together national experts from neighboring States to Monaco, 13th, 14th and 15th February 2007.

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

A meeting, jointly organized by REMPEC (Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea) and the Principality of Monaco, brought together about thirty national experts, representing all the countries of the Mediterranean, to consider draft guidelines in respect of the protection of the marine environment and pleasure craft activities in the Mediterranean. (more…)

Fondation Albert II selects projects

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Monaco environmental foundation narrows focus down to be effective. The environmental foundation, Fondation Albert II, instigated by Monaco’s Sovereign Prince Albert II announced that it has narrowed the number of projects it will support to 20. The projects have been selected by the Prince and the 12 committee members and centre on climate change, water, and bio-diversity. The Prince has insisted that the foundation supports projects that will produce effective results and result in some concrete action. The 12-member committee includes the Australian Dr Ann Henderson, director of the World Climate Research Programme; and American Samantha Smith who works for New Energy in Norway, monitoring results from the Kyoto agreement.

The Press and Media week in schools

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

The 18th edition of the “Press & Media” week is sheduled to take place from March 19 to 24. Its creation was at the initiation of the Educational Department in strong relationship with numerous schools and with the purpose to permit to young interested persons to develop their press approach and for some of them to discover certainly their new potential skills in this field.

The musical show “le Roi Soleil” in Monaco to support Fight Aids

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

On February 22, 2007, the famous French musical show “Le Roi Soleil” which relates the life of one of the most famous French King Louis IV, will be played in Monaco and all benefits transfered to the Princesse Stéphanie Association “Fight Aids”. Indeed, the collected funds will be dedicated to (more…)

The musical show “le Roi Soleil” in Monaco to support Fight Aids

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

On February 22, 2007, the famous French musical show “Le Roi Soleil” which relates the life of one of the most famous French King Louis IV, will be played in Monaco and all benefits transfered to the Princesse Stéphanie Association “Fight Aids”. Indeed, the collected funds will be dedicated to (more…)