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José BADIA, President of the External Relations Commission, and head of the delegation, Brigitte BOCCONE-PAGES, Vice-President of the National Council, Guillaume ROSE, President of the Commission for the Negotiation of the Negotiation with the European Union and Béatrice FRESKO-ROLFO, National Councillor, participated as members of the Monegasque delegation from 21 to 25 January at the first part of the Annual Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
At the opening of the Session, Liliane Maury Pasquier, re-elected President of PACE for a second term of one year, recalled that, 70 years after the creation of the Council of Europe, the promotion of peace and reconciliation, “the foundation of the success of the largest pan-European organization”, remains at the heart of this Organization’s mission.
In a brief plenary session, PACE members pledged to take action in their national parliaments to eliminate sexism, harassment and violence against women, following the initiative #NoInMyParment.
Brigitte BOCCONE-PAGES said, “Monaco fights against all forms of violence and discrimination against women.”
During the Session, there was also a joint debate on public service media in the context of misinformation and propaganda, and on the freedom of the media as a condition for democratic elections.
José BADIA affirmed that “a pluralistic press is the only guarantee of a diversified and balanced information, which allows the voters to exercise their choice in an enlightened way, at the time when the false information circulates faster than never.”
Beatrice Fresko-Rolfo added: “Although favorable to a press of opinion, I consider that it must be able to be clearly identifiable. Transparency must be the rule. The readers, listeners, must know to which opinion the support is related. Only this display is the guarantee that the broadcast messages are received in their context.
The National Council and government have come together for the 3rd Joint Monitoring Meeting on Covid-19.
As lockdown continues, the fire brigade of Monaco is taking additional steps to ensure the rules of confinement are respected, notably by integrating a drone as part of its public safety repertoire.
The Assembly has unanimously re-elected Stéphane Valeri as President of the National Council, with Brigitte Boccone-Pagès remaining as Vice-President.
Two Monaco-based companies are doing their bit to help during the Covid-19 pandemic.
MonacoTech, the Incubator and Accelerator of startups created by the Monegasque State, in partnership with Monaco Telecom and Xavier Niel, convened last month to consider applications, the Government confirmed on Thursday. Out of 67 entries, five were shortlisted for assistance. CIEL markets or leases airborne drones that can fly for several days, carrying a heavier load than traditional drones (up to 70 kg) and at a lower cost. The target markets for this equipment are surveillance, surveying, civil and public safety, communications, information and entertainment. Hyve is a mobile event ticketing application that will permit users to buy, exchange and also sell tickets. The app that also organises your events from start to finish, integrating additional services, such as booking transportation, accommodation. KeeSystem offers an innovative solution to simplify wealth management – independent asset manager, family offices and private banks – with a customised tool to manage all strategic activities and simplify the business of wealth management in an increasingly complex environment. TerraioT consists of creating complete IoT solutions for the smart city – IoT for transport, parking, security, business intelligence. YouStock is an app that allows you to order storage boxes of all sizes, store unused items and store them in secure storage for a specified period of time without moving from home. For the second MonacoTech call for applications, which had a deadline of August 20, 105 files were submitted. A new jury will meet on September 18, 2017 to designate future projects.