On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Marine Environment Laboratories of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in their current premises on Quai Antoine 1, a Delegation composed of High Representatives of around forty Member States of the Organisation (based in Vienna), visited Monaco on October 6 and 7.

Hosted in the Principality since 1961, the IAEA Laboratories were initially envisaged as a three-year marine radioactivity monitoring program in partnership with the Oceanographic Museum and the Prince’s Government of the time. In order to respond to the growing number of Member States, the Laboratories selected more suitable premises in 1998.

The Delegation was welcomed by Mrs Najat Mokhtar, Deputy Director General of the IAEA, Ms Florence Descroix-Comanducci, Director of the Monaco Laboratories, Mrs Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director General of the Department of External Relations and of Cooperation and HE Mr Lorenzo Ravano, Representative of Monaco to the IAEA.

The official visit also underlined the contribution made by Prince Rainier in inviting the IAEA to establish its marine activities in the Principality.

The Delegation led by HE Mr Lorenzo Ravano was received in the Court of Honour of the Prince’s Palace by HSH the Sovereign Prince.

ORIGINAL SOURCE & PHOTO: Monaco Government Press Service