In the late morning of Friday 19 September, HSH Prince Albert II inaugurated the first of five Regional (TER) trains funded by the Principality of Monaco in the presence of Jean-Louis Borloo, Ministre d'État, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Regional Development, Stefania Prestigiacomo, the Italian Minister of the Environment, Michel Vauzelle, President of the PACA (Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur) Region, Jean-Pierre Farandou, Director General of SNCF Proximités and many Monegasque, French and Italian personalities.
In his speech, HSH the Sovereign Prince emphasized that “This new train, which will reinforce regional service this afternoon, is for me the symbol of a dynamism I would like to salute today, the dynamics of fruitful regional cooperation and integration between Monaco, France and Italy.” He also declared: “Today, we know the train is the most ecological mode of public transport, the most environmentally friendly and the most sustainable.”
After the inauguration, HSH the Sovereign Prince granted Jean-Louis Borloo a private audience at the Palace. This meeting was followed by lunch.
In the early afternoon, HSH Prince Albert II, Jean-Louis Borloo and Stefania Prestigiacomo presided over the ceremony for signature of an agreement in favour of the Parc National du Mercantour and Parco Naturale delle Alpi Marittime.
The purpose of this partnership is to improve our knowledge and understanding of the evolution of biodiversity in this zone, promote exemplary management, particularly in the area of sustainable tourism, and promote the sharing of resulting experiences on an international scale.
Finally, a work session was held at the Ministry of State in the presence of HSH the Prince, the Prince's councillors, members of the Monegasque Government, Jean-Louis Borloo and members of the French delegation. HSH Prince Albert II announced that the Principality of Monaco will host a meeting of Ministers of the Environment of Union for the Mediterranean member countries (40 delegations) in December and a conference on the Arctic on 9 and 10 November 2008.