H.E. Mrs Irina Georgieva BOKOVA was accompanied for the occasion by Mr Jean-Paul CARTERON, Honorary consul from Bulgaria to Monaco. 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 Irina Georgieva BOKOVA was taken to the Hall of Mirrors by H.S.H the Prince's Chamberlain, Colonel Luc Fringant, with Mr Jean-Paul CARTERON.
H.E. Mrs Irina Georgieva BOKOVA 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.
Bulgaria becomes the fiftieth foreign power accredited to the Principality of Monaco. Consular relations have existed since 7 August 2003.
Bilateral cooperation with Bulgaria is one of the most longstanding instituted by the Monegasque Government. Monaco financed programmes until 2000. This country now receives European funds.
Moreover, Bulgaria has been a member of the International Organization of La Francophonie since 1993.