The National Council opened its spring session on Monday evening with an agenda wholly focussed on the coronavirus crisis.
In order to “fight against the worst crisis the Principality has known since the Second World War”, the National Council has proposed certain legislature to protect the public interest in this unprecedented time.
The council approved two bills which involve a two-month suspension of administrative deadlines, with the possibility of extending this period, in order to deal with the crisis at hand. This is meant to ease the worries for those who had impending deadlines after 18th March to file legal documentation or other administrative actions, suspending their responsibilities to meet those deadlines until after the health crisis bans have been lifted.
A similar suspension for the judiciary was adopted, whereby for two months, jurisdictional matters, civil, commercial, social and administrative, are to be suspended retroactive to 16th March.
Another bill pertains to employees in the Principality, making unfair dismissals during the epidemic forbidden and making telecommuting compulsory for jobs where this is a possibility.
Finally, it put forth a legislative proposal that commercial renters be given leeway in the payment of rent due. It aims to secure a 20% reduction in rent from the private sector, provided the renter pays 50% of the monthly amount due during the previewed two months the government is keeping the population in lockdown. Balances due may be deferred into instalment payments over the following two trimesters under the proposal.
Monacair is one of three regional helicopter companies to have its services taken over by US group Blade Air Mobility, which has begun operations with a seven-minute Nice to Monaco transfer for this week’s GP.
In an interview with Monaco Life after his Historic GP race, Esteban Gutierrez opened up about the strong, often contrasting emotions that driving an iconic single-seater around the streets of Monte-Carlo elicits.
Two spectacular events are coming to the Grimaldi Forum in June featuring music, dance, acrobatics and magic.
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[caption id="attachment_18164" align="aligncenter" width="797"] The British Consul, Eric Blair, the President of BAM, Vanessa Ilsley and representatives of the British Embassy Paris. Photo: Atelier Mi[/caption]
The British Association of Monaco (BAM) commemorated the Queen’s Official Birthday and her 65 years on the throne at a reception in the Salon Bellevue at the Café de Paris last week.
“I am delighted to see so many members and new guests from the British community joining the association to celebrate this wonderful occasion,” BAM President Vanessa Ilsley told Monaco Life.
Among those attending were Minister of the Interior Patrice Cellario, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Gilles Tonelli, the Ambassadors of France and Italy, and the Consul of Cyprus, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou.
Mrs IIsley pointed out that when she took over the presidency, her goal was to emphasise that BAM is first and foremost a charitable organisation which is supported by its members’ subscriptions, individual donations and local businesses, namely its patrons, represented at the June 14 event by Abercrombie & Kent, Banque Safra, and Landmark. “It is thanks to all these contributions, great and small, that we are able to fund our valuable community work.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the loyalty of our members and their guests who continue to attend our events and extend a very special thanks to those members who donate so generously through the year,” Mrs Ilsley commented, acknowledging also the Orchestra du Carabiniers and their Musical Director, Adjutant Olivier Drean, who were playing at the reception.
Official proceedings ended with a toast to the host sovereign and his wife –Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene and the Sovereign family. “We wish them a long and happy life in this beautiful and safe country … Monaco.”
Feature photo on homepage: French Ambassador, Mr Boisson with Eric Merlino and Mme Merlino of the Maison de France, and his wife. Credit Atelier Mike.