Death of Mr Jean-Paul Proust,
former Minister of State of the Principality of Monaco

His Excellency Jean-Paul Proust,  Minister of State of the Principality from
1st June 2005 to 26th March 2010, died in the night of 7th to 8th April 2010 following a long illness.

The announcement of his death has created great sorrow among the Government of Monaco, the Civil Service, the Monegasque population and residents.

For almost five years at the head of the Government of Monaco, he was in charge of the actions undertaken by the Principality, under the authority of H.S.H. Prince Albert II.
The ambitious policies he conducted have resulted in significant progress being made in every sector, both nationally and internationally.

In the Principality, he conducted a policy to strengthen economic development in order to guarantee Monaco’s long-term prosperity. He also carried out a policy to improve the quality of life for the population with regard to housing, health, environment, cultural activities and sports.

The social policy in favour of state housing resulted in the delivery of numerous apartments in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, the “Habitation-Capitalization” scheme was introduced enabling Monegasques to pass on housing rights to their spouse or children.

Projects in the field of health led to the implementation of a comprehensive scheme to provide care and aid to the elderly, the opening of a retirement home in the Principality, the launch of a clinical gerontological centre and of a new hospital.

For the environment, he established an incentive policy for the use of public transport, set up selective waste sorting and applied the H.Q.E. (high environmental quality) approach to all construction sites.

As far as cultural affairs are concerned, the project for the New National Museum of Monaco was launched in 2008.

A modernization process was initiated within the administration in 2006 with the aim of improving the running of departments, relations with the public and the quality of service provided as well as the simplification of procedures, the adoption of a development plan for human resources and the development of training.

On a global level, activities carried out gave greater recognition, credibility and visibility to Monaco on the international scene with the implementation of an ambitious foreign policy (development of the diplomatic network, signing of agreements and compliance with the regulations of international institutions).

In 2005, the Paris Agreements were signed modernizing the relations between France and the Principality. The Principality was granted increased sovereignty.

In 2009, the Principality's efforts were rewarded with its removal from the OECD’s list of uncooperative tax havens and the closing of the Council of Europe’s follow-up procedure.

On these two issues, he declared:
« … The Principality’s image has above all been reinforced over the past few months with its removal from the OECD’s « grey » list. The Principality has shown its responsiveness by signing the twelve tax information exchange agreements in order to be included on the white list and consequently to bring its tax policy into compliance with OECD criteria. It has therefore proved its determination not to stay on the sidelines of the international cooperation movement to combat tax evasion” – 20th November 2009

At the same time, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly has decided to close the follow-up procedure pertaining to Monaco’s compliance with obligations and commitments towards the Council of Europe”. -
20th November 2009

On 14th October 2009, the Principality was elected to UNESCO’s Executive Board, with 160 votes out of 178. Monaco received the most votes among all the candidates standing for this election.

Mr. Proust stated:
“I would like to add how satisfied I am to see the Principality elected to UNESCO's Executive Board". - 20th November 2009

The Monegasque Cooperation has been provided with additional resources to bring its international assignments to a successful end. On this issue, he stated: “... the efforts of the International Cooperation continue to increase yearly by approximately 25%, just as the Sovereign Prince promised”. - 20th November 2009

 Jean-Paul Proust was a Commander of the French Legion of Honor and was elevated to the rank of Grand Officer of the Order of Saint-Charles by H.S.H. Prince Albert II.

The funeral will take place on Monday 12th April 2010 at 3 p.m. in Marseille Cathedral.