Segreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri - Repubblica di San Marino e comunicati della Segreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriThe President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in San Marino A few days after San Marino was admitted to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Minister Renzi met the President of the EBRD, Sir Suma Chakrabarti, to reaffirm the country’s willingness to revitalise the local financial context, by benefiting from the investment and knowledge opportunities offered by the Bank 2019-02-23itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriUN Conference on the Global Compact in Marrakech The Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will open on the 10th of December in Marrakech. The Conference is convened under the auspices of the United Nations and is held pursuant to the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which was adopted unanimously in New York in September 2016. In adopting this declaration, Member States reaffirmed the need to find common solutions for migration. The purpose of the Conference is to formally adopt the Global Compact for Migration. The participating Member States will have the opportunity to confirm their political commitment to implement the Compact, without signing it. Indeed, Article 7 of the Compact states that it is not legally binding. Therefore, unlike other international agreements, the “Global Compact For Safe, Orderly And Regular Migration” does not need to be ratified by Parliaments, but it builds on the commitments agreed upon by Member States to introduce measures, even legally binding, in their national legislation. Monday afternoon San Marino Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicola Renzi, will deliver his speech during the plenary debate. San Marino participation in this Intergovernmental Conference reflects its willingness to play an important role in the field of human rights protection supporting the principles of multilateralism, and to give its contribution to an issue as topical and binding as migration. Indeed, this very theme has been discussed several time by San Marino Parliament through the adoption of many agendas, in particular the one adopted last 7 March which entrusts the Government to “continue to support in international fora, in particular within the OSCE, and in the context of the negotiation in the coming months of the Global Compact on Migration and Refugees (GCM and GCR), the rights of refugees and persons affected by tragic political and economic conditions”. Minister Renzi’s mission, therefore, follows the guidelines adopted by he Parliament in the current legislature. The Minister, as for any mission or participation in multilateral bodies, will then report to the competent parliamentary Commission. 2019-02-23itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriThe Republic of San Marino is the 70th shareholder of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that the Republic has obtained the unanimous approval of the Board of Governors to become the 70th shareholder of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The multilateral banking institution includes European countries, non-European countries that are members of the International Monetary Fund, as well as the European Union and the European Investment Bank. It is an extremely positive outcome for the Republic, due to the substantial impact on its banking system, which will benefit, together with the entire country, from standards and guarantees of increasingly great efficiency, transparency and competitiveness. By joining such important international institution, San Marino underlines the process of internationalisation that its economic and financial system is currently undergoing, with a view to the progressive attraction of foreign investments, the development of professional skills and growth opportunities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has followed all the steps to obtain today's result, welcomes the rapidity of the procedure and the feedback received from the Bank regarding the assessment of the requirements for compliance with legal and economic parameters. The membership will become effective with the conclusion of the last formalities required. EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti, who will also be on a visit to San Marino next 13 December, congratulated on the membership and emphasised the firm willingness to collaborate through constant political dialogue to foster economic development, while offering expertise and more open and modern strategies. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that this important accession will enrich the country's financial culture and its capacity to meet global financial challenges. At the same time, being a Bank’s shareholder will also help to enhance the Republic's reputation and international standing, including through its active participation in the Bank's decision-making processes. San Marino, 5 December 2018  2019-02-23itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriThe Captains Regent at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) The work of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) started today in Katowice, Poland, and will last until December 14. The Captains Regent, H.E. Mirko Tomassoni and H.E. Luca Santolini,  participated in the opening ceremony of the UN global climate summit and took the floor to deliver their speech. Three years after the approval of the Paris Agreement on Climate, which San Marino ratified last July, this Conference is aimed at adopting concrete actions to tackle global warming. The Conference is chaired by Michał Kurtyka and is attended by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, the President of the United Nations General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcès and by the Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa Cantellano. In their speech at the plenary session, the Captains Regent expressed San Marino’s concern about global phenomena that are seriously endangering the future of Earth and recalled the need to make courageous political choices, inviting all countries to prioritize this theme on their agenda. The Captains Regent illustrated to the Heads of states and governments and to the highest representatives of the United Nations attending the summit the projects set up by San Marino in order to meet the emission reduction and biodiversity protection objectives. In particular, they mentioned the measures adopted to contain the emissions from companies and vehicles, the promotion of  sustainable tourism, the "Organic San Marino" project which aims to make our small Republic the first country in Europe where only sustainable soil management methods are applied in just 5 years. In the margins of the Conference, the Captains Regent had also the opportunity to meet with the Head of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and shared the idea of  organizing a common event on environment and climate change in the future. San Marino, 3 December 2018 2019-02-23itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriThree new ambassadors accredited to San Marino Today three new ambassadors have been accredited to San Marino. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicola Renzi, introduced this morning the new ambassadors presenting their letters of credence to the Captains Regent: His Excellency Shirish Manaklal Soni, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa, Her Excellency Rita Adam, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation, and Her Excellency Franziska Honsowitz-Friessnigg, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria. Before the ceremony, the three newly accredited ambassadors had met Minister Renzi at Palazzo Begni to talk about issues pertaining to their bilateral relations. During the meeting, the ambassadors had expressed their satisfaction with representing their country in San Marino and confirmed their willingness to collaborate for the development of stronger and more fruitful relations, both at a bilateral and at multilateral level, in the context of the process of internationalisation that San Marino has currently undertaken. San Marino, 30 November 2018 2019-02-23itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSigning of the agreement on energy cooperation with Azerbaijan The Public Utilities Autonomous State Corporation and SOCAR, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan, signed today a Memorandum of Understanding at Palazzo Begni. In the presence of the Minister responsible for the Relations with the Public Utilities State Corporation, Marco Podeschi, and the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to San Marino, Mammad Bahaddin Ahmadzada, the MoU was signed by A.A.S.S President, Federico Crescentini, and by the Deputy Vice President of the Azerbaijani company, Vitaliy Baylarbayov. The Memorandum provides for forms of bilateral collaboration in the energy sector. SOCAR is a leading international company and San Marino committed to cooperating through transactions and supplies as well as common projects. Today's signing represents the first concrete form of implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed during the official visit to Baku paid by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicola Renzi, last May. Indeed, the MoU signed by Minister Renzi encouraged exchanges and cooperation in the transport and energy sectors, including renewable energy, and provided for other forms of collaboration with a strong economic, tourism and cultural impact. During his visit to Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani counterpart promised Minister Renzi that, after the signing of the Memorandum between A.A.S.S. and SOCAR, negotiations on gas supplies would begin rapidly. The Parties expressed their deep satisfaction with this signing, which recalls the important diversification of economic spheres of priority interest. In the margins of the signing ceremony, Minister Podeschi met with the Azerbaijani delegation and underlined San Marino willingness to maintain stable relations and contacts, in order to initiate the supplies mentioned in the Memorandum of Understanding. San Marino, 28 November 2018 2019-02-23itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriEuropean Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse: San Marino does its part Yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs joined the celebrations of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, sharing its high objectives and the growing need to combat together one of the most aberrant phenomena in society. For this reason, the Ministry confirms the broad and constant attention the Government and the competent institutions pay to the cause of the most vulnerable of society and reaffirms the willingness to implement effectively the regulations that have been consolidated for the protection of children’s rights. In this regard, the European Day recalls the provisions of the Lanzarote Convention, which San Marino signed among the first signatory States, thus allowing its entry into force. Over the years, this international Convention has been brought to the attention of San Marino general public through specific awareness-raising campaigns implemented, primarily, in  school across all forms and levels. The Convention, indeed, is the basis of any legislative measure that San Marino has adopted to deal with crimes of unprecedented seriousness, which determine irreparable physical and mental consequences for children. In Europe, about one in five children falls victim to sexual violence and in 70-85% of cases, a child abuser is someone the child knows and trusts. Sexually abused children often take refuge in silence because they feel shame, guilt and fear: indeed, in 90% of cases abuses are not reported to the police.   Therefore there is the urgent need to promote actions and initiatives to raise awareness in public opinion of the extent of the phenomenon, and to adopt concrete measures, starting from prevention, which is an essential tool to fully protect children.   On this occasion, San Marino RTV, in its role as media partner, has broadcasted an animated video tailored to children and promoted by the Council of Europe "Talk to someone you trust". San Marino, 19 November 2018 2019-02-23itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriOfficial visit of the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), George Tsereteli, visited today San Marino, accompanied by a delegation which included the Secretary General, Roberto Montella, and an OSCE official, Guido Almerigogna. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicola Renzi, together with some officials of the Directorate of Political Affairs, welcomed the President to Palazzo Begni. Before the visit, President Tsereteli had participated in the Conference on combating corruption, organised in Rome by the Italian Chairmanship of the OSCE, which was also attended by the San Marino Ambassador to Italy, Daniela Rotondaro. During the pleasant talk with Minister Renzi, President Tsereteli reiterated an important message that is at the heart of the policy followed by OSCE: "Every country is important in the work of the Organisation; every contribution has equal dignity and value because it is not measured in relation to the size of the country that offers it". The talks also focused on the importance of multilateralism, especially in relation to the present situation in Ukraine, where tensions are intensifying, even at military level. Minister Renzi stressed the need to  enhance and revitalize multilateralism, which is fundamental to San Marino, since it is the right  platform to give its contribution on issues that are globally relevant. San Marino’s activity in this context is already very intense and proactive: indeed, its relationship to the OSCE - said Minister Renzi - is excellent, and this testifies to the importance that San Marino attaches to security, peace and social cohesion. These objectives, pursued through dialogue, can be so important that they can avoid international conflicts and disputes, and can reaffirm, at the same time, the priority of the human being and its fundamental rights. Minister Renzi highlighted some important issues on which San Marino is progressing, firstly the role of technology in current complex challenges and its influence on the dynamics of international geopolitical crises. In this regard, the Government of San Marino, aware of its limited resources but firm in its desire to do its part, will organize a conference on the theme of fake news in spring 2019; Minister Renzi asked for a collaboration with the OSCE to organize the event and invited the PA President to participate in it. The other issues addressed were: cybersecurity - which will have to be regulated internally with the transposition of the Budapest Convention; the protection of cultural heritage, for which San Marino has already made a commitment in 2017, in Nicosia, by signing the relevant Council of Europe Convention. Finally the issue of migration was addressed, which is closely linked to the history of San Marino. In this field, San Marino is very active by participating in events and conferences on this topic organized by international organizations; by raising issues to be discussed by the Parliament and collaborating with organizations that promote humanitarian projects for refugees and displaced persons. After the audience granted by Their Excellencies the Captains Regent, the OSCE delegation met the members of the Bureau of the Great and General Council and the San Marino parliamentary delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.   San Marino, 14 November 2018 2019-02-23itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriVisit of the European External Action Service On the 12th and 13th November a delegation of the European External Action Service (EEAS) was in San Marino to meet a delegation of the Government and take stock of the ongoing negotiations. The EU delegation, led by Thomas Mayr-Harting (Managing Director), was composed by Jan Tombinski (EU Ambassador to San Marino), Claude Maerten (Head of Division Western Europe) and by Anja Lubenau (Desk Officer for negotiations). San Marino delegation was composed by: Nicola Renzi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Andrea Zafferani, Minister of Industry and Trade, assisted by officials of the Directorate of European Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs, of the Permanent Representation in Brussels, and by officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meetings, held in a climate of cooperation and frankness, focused on the analysis of some issues that emerged during the negotiations in recent months in Brussels, on which further political and technical assessment is required. Indeed, the San Marino delegation highlighted the need for further exploration, both domestically and with the EU counterpart, since some elements of the future Association Agreement raise some concerns, on which shared solutions should be found, in order to meet the needs of both sides. The meeting also allowed the two parties to begin a technical discussion that will require additional insights during the next negotiating round, scheduled in Brussels for the last week of November. Both sides confirmed their will to proceed rapidly to the definition of an Agreement that is to the satisfaction of both parties. These days’ meeting are part of the agenda that the EEAS has arranged to meet periodically with the Governments of the three Countries negotiating an Association Agreement.   San Marino, 13 November 2018 .   2019-02-23itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSigning of the Agreement on the establishment of diplomatic relations with Ethiopia The Agreement on the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia was signed this morning in Rome, at the San Marino Embassy. It was signed by the respective Ambassadors, Daniela Rotondaro and Zenebu Tadesse Woldetsadik. To date, the Republic maintains diplomatic relations with sixteen African countries, with which it has extensive bilateral cooperation, especially in the economic and commercial sectors, and within multilateral fora. The Agreement with Ethiopia is part of the ongoing process of internationalization, to which the Government is strongly committed by promoting and strengthening relations between States; more recently, similar agreements have been signed with Oceanian countries. The establishment of diplomatic relations with Ethiopia also provides a renewed support to San Marino citizens interested in promoting and initiating collaborations even in the fields of culture and tourism.    San Marino, 7 November 2018    2019-02-23itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri