PM Xavier Bettel with Frédéric Genta, Monaco interministerial delegate for the digital transition; Credit: © SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen, all rights reserved

Luxembourg and Monaco have engaged in a new partnership in the field of digital innovation.

Luxembourg Prime Minister and Minister of State Xavier Bettel and Monaco Minister of State Serge Telle have signed a declaration of intent allowing the opening of constructive exchanges between the services of the two administrations in the digital domain. This declaration is the result of discussions between the teams of the State Information Technology Centre (CTIE), and the Interministerial Delegation for the Monegasque Digital Transition.

On the occasion of this signature, Frédéric Genta, an interministerial delegate for the digital transition accompanied by a delegation, visited the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on Thursday 6 December to meet Xavier Bettel. After exchanging with the Prime Minister, Frédéric Genta visited the Luxembourg Data Centre, which is a reference in Europe in terms of "green IT".

The Principality of Monaco and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg have prioritised digital transition to support the modernisation of their administrations and encourage innovation on their territories. The synergies and dynamic interactions resulting from new information and communication technologies are creating new challenges for the two economies and societies. Therefore, this partnership will enable the CTIE and the Interministerial Delegation for the Monegasque Digital Transition to share expertise and experimentation on future topics such as the dematerialisation of administrative procedures, e-health or setting up a digital identity for each resident.

The two states are also launching a study aimed at safeguarding sensitive data in a Luxembourg data center with guarantees of immunity and privileges similar to those of an embassy. Data from Estonia is already hosted in Luxembourg on the same model. It had become strategically important for Monaco to find a solution to preserve certain data against risks of cyberattack or natural disaster, guarantees that are difficult to implement on a territory of 2 km2. Luxembourg also hosts sensitive data from organisations such as NATO and the European Union.

The two governments have welcomed this partnership, which is fully in line with the European programmes for cooperation on innovation and digital security. For his part, Xavier Bettel highlighted that this partnership on digital innovation reinforces the role of Luxembourg as a digital trust centre and confirms the progress of e-government in the Grand Duchy.