H.E. Mr Franco MISTRETTA was accompanied for the occasion by Mrs Orietta PALAZZOLA, First Adviser with the Embassy. After being welcomed in the Cour d'Honneur of the Palace by the Company of Carabinieri guard of honour under the command of Colonel Yannick Bersihand, Senior Commander of the Police Force, Ambassador Franco MISTRETTA was taken to the Hall of Mirrors by H.S.H the Prince's Chamberlain, Colonel Luc Fringant, with Mrs Orietta PALAZZOLA.
H.E. Mr Franco MISTRETTA then proceeded to present her Credentials to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince who was accompanied by the Secretary of State, Mr Jacques Boisson, Head of H.S.H the Prince's Government, Mr Georges Lisimachio and H.E. Mr Franck Biancheri, Government Counsellor for External Relations and for International Economic and Financial Affairs. After the ceremony, H.S.H the Prince held a private audience with the Ambassador in the family drawing room.
Consular relations have existed since 15 May 1870. At present, Monaco is represented in Italy by a network of fourteen Consulates, under the authority of the Monegasque Ambassador in Rome.
Regarding environmental concerns, a quadripartite Cooperation Convention was signed last 19 September between the Government, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Parc National du Mercantour and the Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime.
On a broader scale, Italy provides considerable support for implementing ACCOBAMS.
On a sub-regional level, there is the RAMOGE Agreement and the Mediterranean Marine Mammal Sanctuary. The Italian Delegations are particularly active in both these structures to which they provide substantial resources.
The Principality also supported Rome's candidature as the venue for the GFCM (General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean) Secretariat.