Presentation of Credentials by H.E. Mr Kaarlo MURTO, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Finland to the Principality of Monaco.
During the late morning on 21st March at the Prince's Palace, the official ceremony took place in which H.E. Mr Kaarlo MURTO, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Finland presented his Credentials.
H.E. Mr Kaarlo Murto was accompanied for the occasion by Mr Rainier Boisson, Honorary Consul for the Republic of Finland in 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 Kaarlo Murto was taken to the Hall of Mirrors by H.S.H the Prince's Chamberlain, Colonel Luc Fringant.
H.E. Mr Kaarlo Murto then proceeded to present his Credentials to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince who was accompanied by the Secretary of State, Mr Rene Novella, Head of H.S.H the Prince's Government, Mr Georges Lisimachio and H.E. Mr Jean Pastorelli, Minister Plenipotentiary and Government Councillor for External Relations. After the ceremony, H.S.H the Prince held a private audience with the Ambassador in the family drawing room.
The Republic of Finland becomes the thirty-sixth foreign power accredited to the Principality of Monaco. Consular relations have existed between these two countries since 1935.
Monaco and Finland share a common concern to preserve the environment. Since 1995 and its accession to the European Union, Finland has implemented all the directives on the environment. In 2003 Finland came out top of all European countries for achieving the environmental certification – ISO 9001 and 14001. Furthermore, in compliance with the Kyoto agreements on cutting greenhouse gases emissions, Finland is at the leading edge for its use of bio energy and the co-production of heat and electricity. Consequently water and air pollution has decreased while industrial production has increased.