EU-Monaco relations focus currently on the Association Agreement negotiations. Monaco replies generally positively to the Council’s regular calls for alignment with EU foreign, security and human rights policies.
The EU and Monaco are like-minded on values such as the protection of human rights, democracy, security, multilateralism and a rules-based international order. The Partners also share their interest in implementing the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
In May 2020, Monaco participated in the launch of the Covid-19 International pledging event for treatment and vaccines, with a video message of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco; before the event European Commission President von der Leyen had a phone call with the Prince. Monaco pledged € 1 million. As part of the ‘Team Europe’ efforts, France facilitates the supply of vaccines.
In February 2019, Prince Albert II met with (former) European Commission President in Brussels. Regular political exchanges are held on oceans and maritime policy. For example, in In May 2020, Commissioner Sinkevičius for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, participated (virtually) in the Monaco Blue Initiative that was opened by HSH Prince Albert II.
Through its special relationship with France, Monaco is part of the EU customs territory and located within the external borders of the Schengen area