On 23 January 2024, a special event was held at the Méridien Beach Plaza Hotel to mark the 10th anniversary of the High Commissioner, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, H.E. Mr Pierre DARTOUT, Minister of State, Monsignor Dominique-Marie DAVID, Archbishop of Monaco, Ms Brigitte BOCCONE-PAGES, President of the National Council, Ms Sylvie PETIT-LECLAIR, Secretary of Justice, and representatives of numerous Monegasque institutions, authorities and civil society.
Speaking at the event, the High Commissioner said that the institution is now an important part of the Principality’s landscape, as a facilitator and mediator in protecting the rights of all those living and working in the Principality, or who have ties to Monaco.
Since its creation, the High Commissioner has received formal complaints from around 800 people, and has issued some forty recommendations and almost thirty legislative opinions, guided by the principles of transparency, proportionality, privacy, and alertness to vulnerability.
The celebration was also attended by representatives of foreign ombudsmen’s associations and European institutional partners.
Three eminent speakers kindly agreed to share the benefit of their experience with those present :
- Mr Peter SVETINA, Ombudsman of Slovenia, Vice-President of the Association of Mediterranean Ombudsmen, and co-director of the International Ombudsman Institute’s European Region;
- Mr Patrice DAVOST, member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) for the Principality of Monaco;
- Ms Stéphanie MOUROU-VIKSTRÖM, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, who explained how the work done by ombudsmen is seen by the Court.
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