Town Hall’s role
From a legal viewpoint, the functioning, responsibility and statutes of Monaco’s City Hall are defined by statute law no. 959, dated July 24th, 1974 regulating municipal functioning. This law has been amended by statute law no. 1,316 of June 29th 2006.
Town Hall’s main responsibilities are mostly determined by its Municipal Council powers (as stipulated in articles 25 through 30 of statute law no. 959, dated July 24th 1974) and the powers of the Mayor and of his deputies (articles 38 through 51).
Municipal Council responsibilities. The Municipal Council’s principal missions are as follows :
- Community Care, mostly for early childhood matters (municipal day-care) and for the elderly (home care, activities and entertainment);
- City events, organisation of traditional events, entertainment activities and administration of the “Salle du Canton” hall;
- Cultural and artistic events through the College of visual arts, the Prince Rainier III Academy, the Multi-media library and the Exotic Garden;
- Allocating subsidies to associations promoting culture, the sports and leisure activities ;
- The administration of sporting facilities and of municipal swimming-pools ;
- Civil status and issuing identity documents ;
- Managing produce markets and the cemetery ;
- Municipal police.
The Municipal Council is also responsible for green areas, municipal public gardens and the naming and sign-posting of city streets.
Moreover, the Municipal Council must also be consulted by the Minister of State regarding all major public work projects, the construction of government-sponsored buildings and in the case of certain private projects.
Finally, Town Hall is in charge of setting up and holding national and municipal elections.
The Mayor’s responsibilities :
The Mayor of Monaco is both an agent and a representative of Monaco’s Municipality. He/she is mainly responsible, under City Council supervision, for representing the Municipality legally, preserving and administering city assets, managing city revenue and protecting its rights. It is also up to the Mayor to organise a population census at intervals and conditions stipulated by governing laws and regulations.
The Mission of the Mayor as an agent of the public sector who is under the supervision of the Minister of State, is to ensure that governing laws and regulations are observed, to exercise the powers conferred to the municipal police, to manage the basis for Monaco’s citizenship and to draw municipal electoral lists.
The Mayor also exercises duties as a Civil Registrar Officer, under the supervision of the Attorney General. In this respect the Mayor delivers birth, marriage and death certificates, etc.