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H.S.H. Prince Albert II visits Germany

Wednesday 27 February. The Sovereign Prince participated in a business breakfast organised by the Kommerzbank. He then met the Mayor of Berlin, Mr Klaus Wovereit, before going on to an environmental lunch organised by the Dresdner Bank.

On Wednesday afternoon, Prince Albert II met with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

After their meeting, He declared:

"I thank Mrs Angela Merkel for inviting me here this afternoon during My first official trip to Germany, a trip that has been planned for some time. The atmosphere of our meeting was extremely cordial. We discussed many topics, including the tax issues with Liechtenstein currently in the news. I reminded Mrs Angela Merkel that, for several years now, I have been taking determined action to make Monaco a healthy financial market that complies with international standards.

Mrs Angela Merkel expressed her wish to see fresh advances at European and international levels in the combat against laundering, fraud and corruption. She requested Monaco's cooperation on this front. I gave my approval for a strengthening of technical links between Monegasque departments (SICFIN) and German services (BKA). A mission of experts will meet soon to this end. Furthermore, once a general movement towards information exchange is implemented by all European States and the main financial markets, Monaco does not intend to remain on the sidelines. I congratulated Mrs Angela Merkel for the ambitious and effective actions undertaken during the German presidency of the European Union, notably in the fields of environmental protection and sustainable development. My commitment in this area is no secret. I want My country to cooperate closely with Germany, as we share the same objectives.

We also talked of the Mediterranean Union project. I mentioned my interest in the project, given the role that Monaco can play in fostering a rapprochement and solidarity between European countries and countries on the southern shores of the Mediterranean. Furthermore, we agreed to promote initiatives in the fields of cooperation and relief. I concluded by ensuring Mrs Merkel of the Principality of Monaco's support of Germany fully embracing its role in the UN, notably within the Security Council.

The friendly ties between our two countries have been strengthened, much to my delight and we expressed the wish to deepen further still our dialogue on the economy, tourism and culture."

In the evening, the Sovereign Prince chaired a charity dinner organised by the associations ACHSE and Mission Enfance.

Thursday 28 February. H.S.H. Prince Albert II continued His official visit to Germany, travelling to Saxony.

He went to Freiberg in the morning, where He visited the company Solar World, the world's leading manufacturer of photovoltaic solar panels.

The possibility was evoked of a partnership between Monaco and Solar World for installing photovoltaic equipment as part of a programme of cooperation and development.

In the early afternoon, the Sovereign Prince was awaited at a Volkswagen factory. "Die Gläserne Manufaktur" showcases the most advanced automation technologies in an architectural context of enormous modernity.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco was guided during his visit by Minister and President of the Land of Saxony Prof. Dr. Georg Milbradt. The two men, and other members of the Land's government, discussed at length opportunities for economic, environmental and cultural cooperation between the Principality and the Land.

After a tour of the historical centre of Dresden, notably the cathedral and the treasures of the Princes of Saxony, the day ended with an official dinner hosted by Minister and President of the Land of Saxony Prof. Dr. Georg Milbradt.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II visits Germany