The Commission for Local Cross-Border Cooperation between France and Monaco met for the ninth time on 6 February at the Palais des Rois Sardes in Nice.
Established in 2005, the Commission meets annually, alternating between Nice and Monaco. It addresses practical issues of neighbourhood cooperation between France, the relevant regional communities (PACA Regional Council, Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Council, Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur, neighbouring communes) and the Principality of Monaco, particularly in the areas of land-use planning, housing and transport, the environment, health and social affairs. At this year’s meeting, cross-border cooperation procedures were also reviewed. The Commission is an integral part of the bilateral relationship, marked by a “common destiny”.
The meeting was co-chaired by Mr Bernard Gonzalez, Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, and H.E. Mr Laurent Stefanini, France’s Ambassador to Monaco, on the French side, and by H.E. Mr Serge Telle, Minister of State, for the Principality of Monaco.
The French delegation* included representatives from the prefecture authorities and the French Embassy in Monaco, as well as elected officials. The Monegasque delegation** featured ministers and senior civil servants from the Principality.
The Commission reviewed the issue of housing for employees and quickly set up a working group on the topic.
It also addressed the development of transport initiatives, first and foremost the reopening of the Beausoleil slip road which will link the A8 motorway to the Moyenne Corniche road, the expansion of rail transport and water shuttles as an innovative, alternative form of transport. Other questions reviewed included initiatives to improve traffic flow or safety (improving safety in the Rainier III Tunnel, park-and-ride facilities, development of the Brasca site).
The discussions also covered health and social affairs, including the proposed children’s day hospital, which is the result of a partnership between France, the Principality of Monaco and the Fondation Lenval (Lenval Foundation). The issue of employee secondments was considered.
On cross-border cooperation, the Commission reviewed prospects for development, including within a European framework. The two sides welcomed the growth in teleworking. They also discussed cooperation between fire and emergency services, and in police work.
Finally, in light of Brexit, which had taken place a few days earlier, the Commission considered the impact of this change on British nationals living or working in the Principality, and measures to be introduced to mitigate this impact.
The work of the Commission for Local Cross-Border Cooperation took place in a very positive atmosphere, with a shared determination to develop projects for the benefit of people in France and Monaco. Inter-governmental issues will be discussed during a meeting of the Commission for Franco-Monegasque Cooperation to be held in Monaco during 2020.
* The French delegation comprised Ms Elisabeth Mercier, Deputy Chief of Staff, Director of Security; Mr Pierre Schies, Director of State Coordination and Intervention; Ms Christine Ghilardi, Deputy Director of State Coordination and Intervention; Ms Pauline Mailfert, Project Manager for Development and the Environment, State Coordination and Intervention Department; Mr Mathieu Schuster, First Counsellor; Mr Serge Castel, Departmental Director for Land Management and Maritime Affairs (DDTM); Mr François Delemotte, Deputy Regional Director for Business, Competition, Consumption, Work and Employment, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (DIRECCTE PACA), Head of the Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Unit; Mr Hervé Demai, Departmental Director for Social Cohesion; Mr Romain Alexandre, Departmental Representative for the Regional Health Agency for Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (ARS PACA); Ms Véronique Fajardi, Departmental Director for Protecting Populations; Mr Philippe Tabarot, Acting Vice-President for Transport, Intermodality and Travel in the PACA Region; Mr Patrick Cesari, Mayor of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Vice-President of the Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Council; Ms Agnès Rampal, Deputy Mayor of Nice, City Councillor for Euro Méditerranean, Relations with Monaco, Repatriates and the Mediterranean University Centre; Mr Jean-Claude Guibal, Mayor of Menton; Mr Gérard Spinelli, Mayor of Beausoleil; Mr Xavier Beck, Mayor of Cap d’Ail and 1st Vice-President of the Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Council; Mr Jean-Jacques Raffaele, Mayor of La Turbie; Ms Muriel Bousquet, Director-General of Services, La Turbie Town Hall; Ms Anne-Laure Therisod, Director-General of Services, Beausoleil Town Hall; Mr Olivier Jonquet, Chief of Staff, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin Town Hall.
**: The Monegasque delegation comprised 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 Patrice Cellario, Minister of the Interior; Mr Didier Gamerdinger, Minister of Health and Social Affairs; Mr Laurent Anselmi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; Mr Robert Colle, Secretary-General of the Government; Mr Jean-Marie Veran, Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.