Last updated in October 2013
The Principality of Monaco has a tradition of amicable relations with Germany, as attested by its embassy in Berlin, Germany being one of its few countries where Monaco has its own embassy. The German Ambassador in Paris has been accredited to Monaco since December 2007. At consular level, the interests of German citizens living in Monaco have also been looked after by the German Embassy in Paris since March 2012. Germany has had an Honorary Consul in Monaco since 1988. German nationals in Monaco number approximately 900, accounting for almost 3 per cent of residents.
The International German Club has played an active role in the country’s social life since 1973.
Monaco signed an extradition treaty and a treaty on mutual assistance in criminal matters with the Federal Republic of Germany in 1962.
In July 2010, Monaco and Germany signed an agreement on the exchange of information in fiscal matters, which was ratified in December 2011.
Since Monaco has a customs union with France, the country’s trade with France does not appear in its foreign trade statistics, which is why Germany is listed there as Monaco’s second most important trading partner, after Italy. In 2011, Monaco’s exports to Germany were worth EUR 54 million, accounting for 16 per cent of the country’s total exports. Imports from Germany were worth EUR 80.5 million, or 26 per cent of Monaco’s total imports.
The trustful relations between the two countries are also reflected in the frequency of recent mutual visits.
Monaco’s Foreign and Finance Minister Biancheri met with Federal Foreign Office State Secretary Ammon on 6 September 2010.
Federal President Wulff attended the wedding of Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock in Monaco on 2 July 2011.
From 8 to 10 November 2011, Director General for External Relations at Monaco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pettiti and the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Conseil National, Gardetto, met with Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office Hoyer, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Kapferer, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance Koschyk and representatives of the German Bundestag under the German Federal Government’s Guest Programme for Small European States.
Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office Hoyer met with Minster of State Roger, Minister for Finance and the Economy Pccinini and Foreign Minister Badia in Monaco on 8 December 2011 to exchange ratification instruments for the agreement on exchange of information in fiscal matters. From 9 to 10 July 2012, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène of Monaco paid an official visit to Berlin and Stuttgart. Their programme included talks with Federal President Joachim Gauck, Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, and the Minister-President of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann. On 30 October 2012, German Ambassador Wasum-Rainer presented to Prince Albert II her letters of accreditation from the Federal President, thus becoming Germany’s accredited Ambassador to Monaco.