Segreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri - Repubblica di San Marino e comunicati della Segreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriTrilateral meeting in the Principality of Monaco for updates on negotiations with the EU On 13 July, a meeting between the Heads of Government of the countries involved in the negotiation to reach an Association Agreement between the European Union and, respectively, Andorra, Monaco and San Marino took place in the Principality of Monaco. This summit is held in rotation in the three States and gathers the Heads of Government of the three countries, accompanied by their respective political-diplomatic delegations. Its main goals are: to update the parties, in the light of the latest negotiating sessions held in Brussels; to explore possible joint and coordinated actions for the forthcoming months, and to share approaches and methods for the transposition of the Community legislation in the three countries. In a climate of friendship, cooperation and full sharing, Serge Telle, Minister of State of Monaco, Antoni Martķ Petit, Head of Government of Andorra and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of San Marino, Nicola Renzi, took note of the willingness of the EU to finalize the agreement in the near future, also sharing the need to define the common strategic lines as preconditions for a good agreement. They identified the main general priorities, mostly related to the free movement of people and workers, to which the closest attention needs to be paid, in order to defend the national peculiarities and to prepare the necessary specific procedures. The delegations of the three countries have also taken note of some specificities that their Governments want to pursue, and have reiterated the aim to intensify contacts on a political level, both between them and with the European External Action Service. It was also decided to intensify the technical collaboration among the administrations of Andorra, Monaco and San Marino, to better know the respective specificities and to exchange work experiences related to the transposition of the EU acquis. 2018-08-17itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSigning of agreements and high level meetings during the Official Visit in the United Arab Emirates The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicola Renzi is leading a San Marino delegation on an official visit to the United Arab Emirates. The first official visit by a Minister of Foreign Affairs from San Marino to the Emirates includes a rich program of high-level meetings. Yesterday, Minister Renzi had a meaningful and friendly meeting with the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, during which they discussed, among others, the state of bilateral relations, the ongoing remarkable changes in San Marino and the possibility of Emirate investments in the Republic. The talks led to the signing of three important agreements: against double taxation, for the promotion and protection of investments and for the abolition of entry visas for holders of ordinary and diplomatic passports. These agreements are of particular relevance since they foster mutual investments. This Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) adds to the list of DTAs signed by the Republic of San Marino with important countries. During the morning the delegation also visited the "Louvre Abu Dhabi" Museum, which displays, among other masterpieces, a Gothic fibula belonging to the "Tesoro di Domagnano” (Domagnano treasure), an archaeological find discovered in San Marino. In this regard, Minister Renzi suggested to reunite the items of the treasure during Expo 2020 in Dubai, as a concrete sign of closeness between San Marino and the UAE. Minister Renzi also described the work of reconstructive archeology on the “Tesoro di Domagnano” that was carried out in the past in San Marino. Minister of State H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh welcomed the proposal with great enthusiasm and encouraged San Marino to work for the organisation of this initiative by submitting a concrete project. The Minister of State confirmed the UAE’s willingness to collaborate on this event of cultural diplomacy. Minister Renzi also suggested to organise an event in collaboration with the Renata Tebaldi Foundation, to be held partly in San Marino and partly in the Emirates. The Minister of State showed great interest and appreciation both for the event and for the activity the Foundation has been carrying out in San Marino. In the afternoon, two important meetings in the economic field were held with the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates and the Abu Dhabi Development Fund. During both meetings, Minister Renzi described the current business, tourism and financial context of the Republic. His counterparts showed interest and requested further information in order to consider possible investments in the Republic of San Marino. This morning the delegation reached Dubai for a meeting with the Expo 2020 management and visited the construction ground. San Marino delegation explained the objectives of its participation in Expo 2020 and the expected possible collaboration with Dubai to reduce the costs and maximize the results of San Marino’s participation in the exhibition. The Expo Director General assured that San Marino will receive special attention, as testified to by the exhibition pavilion granted and the full assistance for its preparation, on the basis of the Creative Youth Program currently under way at the University of San Marino. Minister Renzi expressed great satisfaction for the first visit to the Emirates and for the courtesy and interest shown by his interlocutors. San Marino, 12 July 2018  2018-08-17itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriThe Captains Regent and Minister Renzi welcome the President of Albania on a State Visit to San Marino The President of Albania H.E. Ilir Meta participated this morning in the official celebrations for his State Visit to San Marino. President Meta arrived yesterday in the Republic with a high-level diplomatic delegation. In Piazza della Libertą the President was awarded the highest civil and military honours and was welcomed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicola Renzi. He was then introduced to Government representatives in the Hall of the Council of the Twelve, before meeting with the Captains Regent H.E. Stefano Palmieri and H.E. Matteo Ciacci. The meeting focused on the excellent state of bilateral relations and on the willingness to support both the process of greater European integration and various collaboration projects that may foster wide-ranging initiatives in the driving sectors of both States’ economies. With reference to the existing agreements and to the ongoing negotiations for the definition of pending agreements, both the President and the Minister confirmed their willingness to boost cooperation and give renewed impetus to a forty-year long relation and friendship. The cooperation in the tourist, cultural, economic-financial and sports fields was emphasised, along with the strengthening of relations in the radio and television sector. Special attention was also paid to international adoption procedures. A friendly atmosphere and respect for both States’ peculiarities characterised the talks. The morning ended with an Official Audience in the Government Building, during which the Heads of State pronounced their speeches. In the afternoon, President Meta laid a laurel wreath on the “Ara dei Volontari” war memorial. Tomorrow he will be visiting San Marino University for a meeting with its high official representatives. San Marino, 10 July 2018 2018-08-17itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriThe Republic of San Marino prepares to welcome young San Marino citizens taking part in the Cultural Stays Once again this year, San Marino is preparing to welcome young San Marino citizens taking part in the Cultural Stays that start tomorrow, Wednesday 11 July. Seventeen youths will participate in total, including eleven from Argentina (representing all the San Marino communities in Argentina) four members of the San Marino Associations in the USA and two from Grenoble, France. Many of them will meet for the first time in San Marino. Although they have never visited the Republic, they know it well thanks to the stories of their relatives who emigrated in the past centuries. The Department of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration and with the support of Public Administration officials, has prepared an intensive program including Italian language lessons, San Marino history, dialect and traditional cuisine, as well as visits to local manufacturing companies and cultural organisations and meetings with school and sports representatives. Participants will also take part in nature excursions organised in collaboration with "La Genga" Association. A usually keenly awaited event is the Audience in the Government Building granted by Their Excellencies the Captains Regent. This represents a meaningful conclusion of the participants’ path towards discovering the institutions and laws of San Marino. These are the subject of detailed study during the three weeks of stay in the Republic. Participants will be supported by a coordinator and three language tutors, selected through a public call for applications: Linda Borgagni (Coordinator), Beatrice Simoncini (English), Laura Francesca Barbieri (French) and Luca Guiducci (Spanish). San Marino, 10 July 2018    2018-08-17itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriCelebrations on the 40th anniversary of the San Marino-America Brotherhood and American Independence Day The celebrations on the Independence Day of the United States of America, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the San Marino-America Brotherhood, took place yesterday at the Torraccia airfield. The event was organised by the San Marino-America Brotherhood and was also attended by institutional representatives. Mr. Samuele Guiducci, Personal Assistant to the San Marino Foreign Affairs Minister Nicola Renzi, took part in the event on behalf of the Minister; a delegation from the American Consulate in Florence was led by Vice Consul George Mesthos. During the celebrations, the institutional representatives also examined the numerous ongoing projects of collaboration and confirmed that San Marino will submit to the American administration a draft DTA (Double Taxation Agreement), and will look forward to a prompt response. Both sides also confirmed their full availability to maintain excellent ongoing cooperation, particularly as regards the Social Security Agreement and the Visa Waiver Program. The representatives of both countries ensured that they are working closely together with the goal of rapidly implementing ongoing projects. San Marino, 9 July 2018 2018-08-17itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriState visit by the President of the Republic of Albania H.E. Ilir Meta Next Tuesday 10th July Their Excellencies the Captains Regent Stefano Palmieri and Matteo Ciacci will welcome the President of the Republic of Albania, H.E. Ilir Meta, on a State Visit to San Marino.   The last meeting between the highest representatives of the two States dates back two years ago in June, when the Captains Regent went to Albania on an official visit upon invitation of the then president, on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.   President Meta will arrive in San Marino with his delegation in the early afternoon on Monday 9th July and will remain until Wednesday 11th July. A series of institutional events will take place next Tuesday. The day will begin with a flag-raising ceremony and a line-up of the San Marino Uniformed Corps in Piazza della Libertą, followed by a meeting among the Captains Regent and the President of the Republic of Albania. Upon arrival at the Government Building, the Distinguished Guest will be welcomed in the Hall of the Council of the XII by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicola Renzi and by some Government Colleagues. H.E. the President will then hold a private meeting with the Heads of State. The private audience at 12.15 p.m. will mark the end of the morning celebrations. At 3 p.m., H.E. Meta will lay a laurel wreath on the “Ara dei Volontari” memorial. On Monday and Wednesday, H.E. President Meta will visit some of San Marino’s manufacturing companies and cultural organisations.   San Marino, 6 July 2018 2018-08-17itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriMeeting with the Ambassador of Palestine in Italy The Ambassador of Palestine in Italy H.E. Mai Alkaila has been received today by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicola Renzi at Palazzo Begni. H.E. Alkaila has explained in detail the current situation in this region of the Middle East and has expressed the point of view of Palestine about the events of the last few years. She has referred to the repeated violations of international law, for which last May Palestine complained to the Security Council. She has made a particularly touching explanation of the events involving the territories from which the monotheistic civilization and belief originated and that today are the expression of a paradox: these places, which should spread a message of peace and hope, are instead affected by contrast and martyrdom. Minister Renzi has confirmed the constant attention of the country vis-ą-vis the developments of the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian situation. "A fundamental task of San Marino in the international panorama - he has said - is precisely to encourage and facilitate a constructive dialogue between the parties, which leads to the best possible solution of the ongoing conflict". San Marino internally expresses different positions on this theme, all aimed at identifying the best possible outcome. In the field of culture, last January the country welcomed the Palestinian photographer Nidaa Badwan, who expresses through images her protest in the form of art. During the talks, which have touched many areas and issues of international importance, the Ambassador has expressed the desire to increase the existing relations. San Marino, 27 June 2018    . 2018-08-17itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSan Marino at the Expo 2020 Dubai: the Universal Exposition as an opportunity The adventure of San Marino towards the Expo 2020 Dubai has started: a process rich in opportunities for organisations and individual citizens, which will reach its peak between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021. For the first time in the history of the Universal Expositions, the Expo will be held in the Middle East and during the winter period, more than 150 years after the first edition in London in 1851. Connecting minds, creating the future: the basic theme is a real mission, with which the Universal Exposition intends to invoke the spirit of collaboration in the name of development and innovation. Opportunity is one of the sub-themes - the other ones are Mobility and Sustainability - and coincides with the title of the thematic district where also the San Marino Pavilion will be located. Another record of the forthcoming Expo concerns pavilions: each country will have its own pavilion, to show the world its identity and uniqueness. The three sub-themes will be related to three exhibition areas, each of them in the shape of a petal, connected to a central heart, the Al Wasl Plaza, the ancient name of the city of Dubai that literally means "connecting", thus retracing the basic theme of Expo 2020 Dubai: in the era of globalization, the future is the result of people who share ideas and among whom connections arise. "An opportunity not to be missed, but to be filled with the best possible content, and which is fully covered by the internationalisation project undertaken by the country". These are the words of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicola Renzi in opening the press conference presenting San Marino's participation in the Expo. With this participation, San Marino intends to seize the opportunity to promote its system, an opportunity offered by the Gulf area, which is economically attractive, a point of transit and of reference for international investors. The Expo will be a unique occasion to present to the world the opportunities, possibilities and advantages offered by the Ancient Land of Liberty for the people and the community of San Marino in the 2020s. The Commissioner General of the Government Antonio Kaulard explained in detail San Marino’s participation, including his fundamental task to "identify all opportunities that the Expo can offer and hence mobilize the greatest possible number of San Marino stakeholders". The countries participating in the Expo Dubai 2020 are more than 180, plus global enterprises, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations, each of which will make its own contribution to the themes of the event, by interpreting them through its own unique cultural background. The organisers expect 25 million visitors in 6 months, 70% of whom are estimated to be "international” visitors coming from every part of the world, who will exploit the hub of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. This hub will soon be able to move 120 million passengers a year, i.e. the total number of passengers of all Italian airports together. This is therefore an opportunity to be seized and enhanced also for tourist promotion purposes. "Being present in Dubai - as the Deputy Commissioner Mauro Maiani explained - means first of all affirming our existence and our identity at an international level, by presenting to the world the opportunities of the country." San Marino will exploit all opportunities offered by the Expo 2020 Dubai to mobilize people around its event, by putting them at the disposal of its citizens and organizations, from companies to institutions, such as the Institute for Innovation and the University of San Marino. The students of the Faculty of Design, as well as San Marino students attending related degree courses outside the territory, will have the possibility to participate in the Creative Youth Programme: a contest that, at the end of November 2018, will reward in Dubai the three best conceptualisation proposals in the fields of design, art, technology and sustainability for the creation of the national pavilion. This will be a great occasion to learn and develop skills and competences, but also a great opportunity to promote the University of San Marino in the world. The winning project could become an executive work and therefore lead to the final arrangement of San Marino pavilion, with considerable economic savings for the country. The contest will indeed mobilize the creativity of our young people, as the real protagonists of Expo 2020 Dubai, and will enable San Marino to have its own pavilion without affecting the overall investment for its participation.   TOWARDS THE EXPO 2020 DUBAI: STAGES FROM 2013 UNTIL TODAY 2013: San Marino supports the candidacy of Dubai 2020 2016: following the allocation of the Expo 2020 to Dubai, San Marino is officially invited to participate May 2017: the Congress of State expresses a favourable opinion on the participation and approves the establishment of the Working Group to carry out organisational and economic assessments October 2017: San Marino participates in Dubai in the first meeting of the countries invited by the organization February 2018: the Congress of State appoints the Commissioner General Antonio Kaulard and the Deputy Commissioner Mauro Maiani; the theme "Opportunity” is chosen from among the three thematic districts that make up the exhibition area, as well as the typology of the "assisted pavilion" May 2018: first negotiation meeting with the organization for the definition of San Marino’s participation Adherence to the "Creative Youth Programme - Expo 2020 Dubai". San Marino, 22 June 2018 2018-08-17itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriMinister Renzi’s successful mission to Luxembourg The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicola Renzi has just concluded a positive mission to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Yesterday morning Minister Renzi met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean Asselborn and the Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna, with whom he discussed several topics pertaining to bilateral relations, with particular reference to San Marino’s current process of greater European integration. In this regard, both Luxembourgian Ministers confirmed their attention and firm support to the current negotiating process that San Marino is conducting with the EU Institutions and fully shared the Republic’s expectations. Both Luxembourgian Authorities also expressed their readiness to guarantee a possible technical assistance on some sectors that are strategic for the Republic. Yesterday afternoon Minister Renzi delivered a speech at the headquarters of the European Court of Auditors on the occasion of a Conference organised by the Consulate of the Republic of San Marino in Luxembourg, in collaboration with the European Court of Auditors, and moderated by Fabio Morvilli, Consul of San Marino. Among the speakers who took part in the conference entitled "The procedures for the association of the Republic of San Marino with the EU. The role of EU Institutions” were: Klaus-Heiner Lehne, President of the European Court of Auditors, Antonio Tizzano, Vice President of the European Court of Justice, Pietro Russo, Member of the European Court of Auditors, Giovanni Pitruzzella, President of the Italian Antitrust Authority, Claude Maerten, Head of Division for Western Europe of EEAS, Carlo Curti Gialdino, Professor at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome. Before high-level representatives of European multilateral bodies and diplomats accredited to the Grand Duchy, Minister Renzi retraced in detail the various stages of the ongoing negotiations, focusing on current challenges and on the need for a partnership that takes into account the needs of the State of San Marino. San Marino, 21 June 2018 . 2018-08-17itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriInternational Day of Yoga: weekend events in San Marino The upcoming weekend will feature events celebrating Indian culture and well-being. On 23 and 24 June, Campo Bruno Reffi (in the historic centre of San Marino) will host a series of events promoted by the Embassy of the Republic of India in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of San Marino in Italy and with the Patronage of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, of Culture and Sports and of Tourism to celebrate the 4th International Day of Yoga. The United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, on the same day as the summer solstice. The event in San Marino marks the end of the “week of yoga”, a series of celebrations organised by the Indian Embassy. The ceremony will be inaugurated at 5:30 p.m. by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Nicola Renzi, of Culture and Sport, Marco Podeschi, and of Tourism, Augusto Michelotti, who will hold welcome speeches. From 6 pm to 7:30 p.m. skilled San Marino teachers will hold yoga lessons; with simple and easy positions, they will show the practitioners this ancient Indian discipline, which is recognized all over the world for its physical and mental benefits. The yoga and meditation lessons, held on Saturday afternoon, are free of charge and do not require prior knowledge of yoga.   Saturday's yoga session will be followed by an Indian buffet dinner at 8pm (for a fee) and by the screening of "Queen", a successful Bollywood movie.   On Sunday 24 June, from 9 to 11.30, iyengar yoga sessions will be held (for a fee) at the Orti Borghesi (in the historic center of San Marino).   In case of bad weather, all events will be held in the CONS gym of the school centre in Fonte dell'Ovo (viale Campo dei Giudei-San Marino). San Marino, 20 June 2018 2018-08-17itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri