H.E. Mr Reinhard SCHÄFERS was accompanied for the occasion by M. Dieter SPAETHE, Honorary Consul of Germany 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 Reinhard SCHÄFERS was taken to the Hall of Mirrors by H.S.H the Prince's Chamberlain, Colonel Luc Fringant, with M. Dieter SPAETHE.
H.E. Mr Reinhard SCHÄFERS then proceeded to present his 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.
Between the Principality and the Federal Republic of Germany, diplomatic relations have existed since 16 October 1951, and consular relations since 16 July 1953.
As Monaco, the Federal Republic of Germany is member of the convention on the protection of the alps, Alpine Convention, which linked the eight countries of the Alpine arc (the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Austria, the French Republic, the Italian Republic, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Principality of Monaco, the Swiss Confederation, the Republic of Slovenia) and the European Union.
Both countries have many common interests, particularly in the intervention sectors such as the development of renewable energies, the fight against AIDS, tree plantations, the support of microcredit development and the targeted countries, especially in Africa.