Ministerial Meeting of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luca Beccari, took the floor this morning during the Ministerial Meeting of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative.

The meeting was held by videoconference and involved the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the main countries bordering the Adriatic and Ionian seas, members of the Initiative.

Exactly twenty years ago, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Greece and Slovenia adopted the "Ancona Declaration" and launched the Initiative as an instrument of regional cooperation and promotion of political and economic stability in the area. The six founding countries were then joined by Serbia, Montenegro and Northern Macedonia. In 2019, San Marino joined the Initiative, bringing the number of member countries to ten, thus expanding this network, that promotes partnership and the sharing of proposals.

Minister Beccari began his speech by describing to his colleagues the difficulties faced with commitment and determination by the Republic of San Marino in this delicate stage of the world health emergency. We were - he said - in a situation of great vulnerability, which has significantly impacted our State. San Marino has shown unity and courage, strengthened by the solidarity of its citizens and international cooperation.

In the fight against the epidemic, regional cooperation has played an important role. The cooperation with neighbouring Italy has been particularly fruitful. Since the beginning, San Marino institutions have worked closely with their Italian counterparts to ensure a mutual exchange of information and health data, but also the return of fellow citizens and residents from abroad.

Then the Minister invited his colleagues in videoconference to "work together across borders, to cooperate as a regional community to jointly manage the inevitable repercussions of the pandemic on the international economic system". The sectors identified by Beccari as a common prospect for stability in the near future definitely include tourism, culture, transport and energy. These are highly strategic sectors that deserve special attention precisely because they are among the most affected.
In conclusion, Beccari said that only by combining the potential that each of our countries can express in these fields, will we be able to promote the consolidation of the Adriatic and Ionian area and make it receptive to the investments of the nearest future.
San Marino, 27 May 2020



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