11th Commission for Franco-Monegasque Cooperation – Paris, 1 April 2019 - Joint press release
The Commission for Franco-Monegasque Cooperation (CCFM) met in Paris on 1 April 2019. Established in its current form by the Treaty intended to adapt and strengthen friendship and cooperation relations between the Principality of Monaco and the French Republic, dated 24 October 2002, the Commission meets annually, alternating between Paris and Monaco. It serves as a framework for regular consultation between the two countries on subjects of national interest in the spirit of their “common destiny”.
The eleventh meeting of the CCFM was co-chaired by Mr Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and His Excellency Mr Serge Telle, Minister of State of the Principality of Monaco. It was attended by Her Excellency Ms Marine de Carné-Trécesson, France’s Ambassador to Monaco, Her Excellency Ms Sophie Thevenoux, Ambassador and Head of Monaco’s Mission to the European Union, His Excellency Mr Christophe Steiner, Monaco’s Ambassador to France, and the representative of the Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes. The Monegasque delegation[i] comprised members of the Prince’s Government and staff from the relevant ministries. The French delegation[ii] included representatives from ministries responsible for handling Franco-Monegasque relations.
Among the items on the agenda was the issue of the current negotiations on an association agreement between the Principality of Monaco and the European Union. France and Monaco emphasised the need for the future draft association agreement to take account of the features which make Monaco unique in order to maintain internal balances within the Principality, as well as their commitment to respecting a number of Franco-Monegasque agreements that are essential to close cooperation between the two countries. France reiterated its full support for Monaco as it continued these negotiations.
The Commission also took note of the work done by the local cross-border commission, which met on 11 January 2019, to improve transport links within the Franco-Monegasque region, and particularly the progress that had been made on the Beausoleil slip road and the forthcoming launch of working groups on housing, teleworking and water shuttles.
On healthcare, social security and employment law, Franco-Monegasque cooperation was essential.
The Commission also discussed the forthcoming entry into force of two Franco-Monegasque agreements on healthcare safety and blood transfusions. The Principality of Monaco also suggested that its hospital departments could host medical interns following the French training curriculum as part of qualifying placements. The Commission further welcomed the forthcoming signature of a memorandum of understanding on the issuing of health professionals’ cards to Monegasque pharmacists.
On the issue of employment law, the difficulties associated with the application of the Agreement on Unemployment Insurance were the subject of particular discussion. The prospects of a bilateral agreement were mooted in order to re-establish equal rights for employees in the Principality of Monaco with regard to access to employment assistance and the partial unemployment scheme.
The Commission also addressed housing conditions for French nationals in Monaco.
Transport safety is a shared concern. Among other things, the Commission addressed efforts to combat traffic offences, as well as safety in the Rainier III tunnel which links the Principality to France. In addition, the two countries welcomed the publication of a decree opening up the possibility for Monegasque passport holders to take advantage of the Rapid Border Crossing (Parafe) scheme.
On education, the Commission welcomed the measures adopted by France to prevent Monegasque nationals from having to pay differentiated university fees at the start of the academic year in 2019. The two countries will promote interoperability between their digital applications.
France and the Principality of Monaco, sharing the same commitment to environmental issues, discussed the protection of the oceans and the next deadlines for international negotiations on climate and biodiversity, as well as the Global Pact for the Environment.
They also discussed the next Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie, which will meet in the Principality in October 2019, shining a spotlight on the language shared by France and the Principality.
The two delegations agreed to convene for the next session of the Franco-Monegasque Commission in Monaco in 2020.
[i] Monegasque delegation:
H.E. Mr Serge Telle, Minister of State
Ms Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development
Mr Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy
Mr Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Mr Patrice Cellario, Minister of the Interior
Mr Didier Gamerdinger, Minister of Health and Social Affairs
H.E. Ms Sophie Thevenoux, Ambassador and Head of the Principality of Monaco’s Mission to the European Union
H.E. Mr Christophe Steiner, Monaco’s Ambassador to France
Mr Robert Colle, Secretary-General of the Government
Mr Arnaud Hamon, Director of Legal Affairs
Ms Isabelle Costa, Deputy Secretary-General of the Government for the Europe Unit
Mr Jean-Marie Veran, Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Ms Séverine Dusaintpere, First Secretary at the Embassy of Monaco in France
[ii] French delegation:
Mr Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE)
H.E. Ms Marine de Carne, France’s Ambassador to Monaco
Mr Diégo Colas, Deputy Director of Legal Affairs (MEAE)
Mr Jean-Claude Tribolet, Deputy Director for the European Union (MEAE)
Mr Olivier Fontan, Assistant Director for the Environment and Climate (MEAE)
Mr Nicolas Eybalin, Assistant Director for Mediterranean Europe (MEAE)
Mr Nicolas Thiriet, Assistant Director for Internal Policies and Institutional Issues (MEAE)
Mr Raphaël Trapp, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General (MEAE)
Ms Aude Pottier, Advisor at France’s Permanent Representation to the European Union
Ms Aurélia Daly, drafter, Directorate of Legal Affairs (MEAE)
Mr Philippe Devaud, drafter for Monaco, Sub-Directorate for Mediterranean Europe (MEAE)
Mr Philippe Orenes, drafter, Sub-Directorate for Internal Policies and Institutional Issues (MEAE)
Ms Françoise Taheri, Secretary-General of the Alpes-Maritimes Prefecture
Mr Emmanuel Barbe, Interministerial Delegate for Road Safety
Mr Joël Valmain, Europe/International Technical Advisor to the Interministerial Delegate for Road Safety
Ms Elvire Aronica, Deputy Delegate for European and International Affairs, Ministry for Solidarity and Health, Ministry of Labour
Mr Cyril Vinsonnaud, Deputy to the Chief of Staff for European Relations and Policies, Ministry for Solidarity and Health, Ministry of Labour
Mr Jérôme Reboul, Assistant Director for Banks, Treasury Department, Ministry of Economy and Finance
Ms Laurie Croze, Deputy to the Chief of Staff for Europe 3 (Mediterranean Europe, Benelux, microstates), Treasury Department, Ministry of Economy and Finance
Mr François Candiotti, Head of Switzerland and Southern Europe Section, Directorate of European and International Affairs, Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition
Ms Catherine Mathieu, Assistant Director for Human Resources in the Judiciary, Ministry of Justice
Ms Manon Hubscher, Ministry of National Education and Youth