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Opening of the Spanish Branch in Madrid on 22nd April


Madrid, 22nd April 2016: The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is extending its message and mission internationally with the creation of its Spanish branch. The Foundation currently has representations in France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Singapore.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, HE Mr Bernard Fautrier, the Foundation’s Vice-President, and Mrs Caroline Portabella-Settimo, the President of the Spanish branch took part in the conference “the Mediterranean in 2050, sustainability, biodiversity and resources management” which was held at the headquarters of the Fundacion Areces, dedicated to scientific and cultural sponsorship, where they were welcomed by Mrs Cristina Alvarez, the granddaughter of the founder, Ramon Areces.

Moderated by Mr Féderico Mayor Sazagoza, President of the Fundacion Areces’ Scientific Committee, the conference brought together over 200 eminent Spanish figures, entrepreneurs, scientists and institutional representatives, all involved in environmental protection. Mrs Teresa Ribero, Director of IDDRI, and Mr Xavier Pastor, an oceanographer and marine conservation expert, Founder of GreenPeace Spain, took the floor during the meeting.

On this occasion, HSH the Sovereign Prince declared: “Together we will save the Mediterranean, united we will enable it to approach the second half of this century with a sustainable outlook, preserved landscapes, mobilised States and committed people. This is in any event the objective I have assigned my Government and my Foundation over the past ten years.”

In the afternoon, HSH the Prince met HM King Felipe VI in a private audience at the Zarzuela Palace, before attending the gala dinner hosted for 150 eminent guests in the exclusive setting of the Palacio de la Quinta de El Pardo, in order to celebrate the official opening of his Foundation’s Spanish branch.


Members of the Spanish branch:

Mrs Caroline Portabella Settimo, President

H.E. Mr Jean Luc Van Klaveren, Ambassador of Monaco to Spain

Mr Philippe Guillaumet, Consul of Monaco in Madrid

Mr Francisco Granero-Jimenez, Consul of Monaco in Barcelona

Mr Manuel Ferrero

Mr Inigo Lopez de la Osa