Segreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri - Repubblica di San Marinohttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/rss.jsp?instance=2&channel=2&idArticleLevel=10&size=10&idXsl=3&node=42Notizie e comunicati della Segreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSting and Trudie Styler were sworn in as new Ambassadors at large of the Republic of San Marinohttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1015393.html Gordon Matthew Sumner, known as Sting, and his wife Trudie Styler were sworn in today as Ambassadors at large of the Republic of San Marino at the Government Building in front of Their Excellencies the Captains Regent Gian Carlo Venturini and Marco Nicolini.   The Minister of Foreign Affairs Luca Beccari introduced the illustrious couple to the Heads of State, in the presence of a number of guests, including the famous Italian musician Zucchero and flautist Andrea Griminelli, and of an institutional and diplomatic delegation.   In his introduction Minister Beccari underlined the value of the collaboration that will be established with the new diplomats; such collaboration will be of unquestionable advantage for the Republic of San Marino, which will be able to benefit from the worldwide visibility and affirmation of the well-known musician and his wife. Both Ambassadors boast a long experience in the field of environmental protection and human rights, with numerous benefit concerts organised in recent years as part of the activities of the Rainforest Fund, which they founded in 1989 to protect indigenous peoples and the rainforest ecosystem. From 1991 to 2019, these music events have raised funds for the fundamental activity carried out by the organisation for human rights and conservation.   At the end of the Ceremony, Sting and Trudie Styler had a friendly and fruitful conversation with Minister Beccari, aimed at defining possible areas of future cooperation.     San Marino, 24 April 2021 2021-05-14itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSpeeches held at the Investiture Ceremony of Their Excellencies the Captains Regent Gian Carlo Venturini II and Marco Nicolini I - 1 April 2021http://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1015330.html - Speech by the Minister of Foreign Affairs; - Speech by the Official Speaker, Angelo Borrelli; - Speech by the Apostolic Nuncio; - Speech by the newly-elected Captains Regent   1 April 2021 2021-05-14itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriBilateral meetings of Minister Beccari: EU, Croatia, Qatar and the Official Speaker, Angelo Borrellihttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1015332.html Busy agenda of bilateral meetings for the Minister of Foreign Affairs with the representatives of the friendly countries gathered in San Marino for the Investiture Ceremony of Their Excellencies the Captains Regent The relations of San Marino with the European Union were the focus of the meeting between Minister Beccari and the Ambassador of the European Union, H.E. Alexandra Valkenburg. The conversation focused on the main stages of the Association Agreement between the Republic and the European Union, which were extensively recalled, and on the main future objectives of San Marino integration in the European context, to be discussed during the negotiations. Among the topics discussed during the heartfelt meeting there was also the possibility for San Marino to become part of the European systems regarding the Digital Green Certificate by the summer. The meeting continued in the presence of Minister of Finance Marco Gatti, Minister of Health, Roberto Ciavatta, Minister of Territory Stefano Canti, Minister of Labour Teodoro Lonfernini and Minister of Industry Fabio Righi, who met at Palazzo Begni to discuss their respective duties with regard to the Association Agreement, which is considered by all parties a fundamental step for the integration of San Marino in the European single market. Afterwards, Minister Beccari met the Croatian Ambassador, H.E. Jasen Mesić. After a discussion on the main issues concerning bilateral and multilateral relations, Ambassador Mesić thanked San Marino institutions and citizens, personally and on behalf of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, Gordan Grlić Radman, for the concrete support offered after the earthquake that hit the territories south of Zagreb and the city of Petrinja on 29 December 2020. Indeed, a considerable donation was sent to Croatia, in addition to an emergency housing container for displaced people. The Ambassador said he was extremely grateful to the Republic and its citizens, with a special mention for the support offered by San Marino Civil Protection for the gesture of international solidarity strengthening the cooperation between the two friendly States in the field of assistance to face sudden and tragic events. Afterwards, Minister Beccari met the Ambassador of Qatar, H.E. Abdulaziz Bin Ahmed Al Malki al Jehani. The conversation with the Ambassador, who was bestowed upon the Equestrian Order of Saint Agatha, focused on the topics concerning common initiatives of solidarity and, above all, the precious assistance provided to the Republic during the darkest periods of the pandemic. In the evening Minister Beccari and Minister of Territory Stefano Canti will meet the Official Speaker of the Investiture Ceremony, Angelo Borrelli, who will be bestowed upon the honour of the Equestrian Order of St. Agatha, following the traditional Audience granted by the outgoing Captains Regent, Alessandro Cardelli and Mirko Dolcini. San Marino, 31 March 2021   2021-05-14itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriCeremony of Investiture of Their Excellencies the Captains Regent on 1 April 2021http://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1015323.html The Protocol of the Ceremony of Investiture of Their Excellencies the Captains Regent will remain substantially unchanged. In-person attendance will be extremely limited, in compliance with the regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   On 1 April 2021, the fundamental stages of the solemn Investiture Ceremony of Their Excellencies the Captains Regent Gian Carlo Venturini II and Marco Nicolini I will take place following the traditional Protocol. Nevertheless, access to the areas where the celebrations take place, both indoors and outdoors, will remain absolutely limited, in compliance with the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, any kind of gathering will be strictly forbidden and the use of a mask will be compulsory.   The Ceremony could undergo some changes in terms of time according to the circumstances, while respecting the ordinary traditional Protocol. Therefore, as usual, the solemn Ceremony will start with the line-up of the Military Corps and the raising of the Flag at 9.30 a.m. on 1 April.   The Official Speaker will be Angelo Borrelli, who was Head of the Italian Civil Protection from 2017 to 26 February 2021 by appointment of the then Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Subsequently he was reappointed twice by Giuseppe Conte and appointed emergency commissioner in the most difficult period of the coronavirus pandemic.   This year the Investiture Ceremony takes place on Holy Thursday. Therefore the usual religious rite of the Holy Mass foreseen by the Protocol will not be celebrated. There will be instead a specific liturgy of the Word harmonised according to the liturgical indications of the day, which allow only two Eucharistic celebrations: the Chrism Mass in the morning and the Vespers Mass in the Lord's Supper.   The Investiture Ceremony can be followed live on the television channels and on the web site of San Marino RTV.     San Marino, 29 March 2021 2021-05-14itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriTheir Excellencies the Captains Regent were received in audience by the Holy Fatherhttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1015287.html This morning Their Excellencies the Captains Regent, Alessandro Cardelli and Mirko Dolcini, were received in audience by the Holy Father.   Accompanied by a delegation led by the Minister of Industry, Fabio Righi, and by the Ambassador to the Holy See, Maria Alessandra Albertini, the Captains Regent had a private conversation with the Pontiff, in order to underline the extraordinary nature of the period, the concerns of the population that was particularly tried by the pandemic emergency, the reform projects and the development trends underway, which are aimed at giving new confidence and further reassurance, especially to the most affected social categories.   During this emotional exchange of views, stress was laid on issues particularly dear to Pope Francis, namely the condition of migrants and the capacity of reception that every State must be able to develop. The Pope was informed about the unanimous parliamentary decision to promote the fostering of unaccompanied foreign minors and the most recent legislation already approved for the adoption institutional process.   The Audience also confirmed the close ties existing between San Marino and the Holy See and the constant reference to the origins of the Republic, which have their roots in the Holy Founder.   Pope Francis welcomed the Captains Regent with kind and intense words, recalling the values of solidarity and help towards the most needy, of which the Republic is an active spokesman, and encouraging the institutions to work tirelessly for the concrete support of the weakest groups.   The Captains Regent gave the Holy Father a numbered reproduction of the Retrosi painting that dominates the Great and General Council Hall and, for the first time, a basket with typical products from San Marino territory.   The Audience was followed by a meeting of Their Excellencies the Captains Regent with His Eminence the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and the Secretary for Relations with States, Monsignor Paul Gallagher.         San Marino, 15 March 2021 2021-05-14itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSan Marino and Andorra: negotiations for a double taxation conventionhttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1015247.html On 25 February 2021, negotiations were concluded between a San Marino delegation and its Andorran counterpart for a Convention to avoid double taxation on income and capital and to prevent tax evasion and avoidance. At the end of the virtual meeting, the two heads of delegation, the Director of Economic Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs of San Marino, Mr. Dario Galassi, and the Secretary of State for International Financial Matters of Andorra, Mr. Marc Ballestà, initialled the text. San Marino and Andorra will now initiate internal procedures to authorise the signing of the Convention and its subsequent approval and ratification by the respective Parliaments. After such procedures have been completed, the date of entry into force of the Convention will be determined. This is the 25th double taxation agreement concluded by San Marino; the full list of agreements is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. With the exception of the DTA with the Czech Republic, signed less than a month ago, the other 23 agreements are in force. DTAs are fundamental tools for San Marino to diversify its economy and attract foreign investments, and represent an important element in the process of transparency and international cooperation.     26 February 2021 2021-05-14itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriWebinar on the topic The new United Kingdom - EU relationship: opportunities for San Marino companieshttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1015246.html The Minister of Foreign Affairs informs that on 2 March a webinar will take place on the topic The new UK-EU relationship: opportunities for San Marino companies.   After a brief introduction by Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Silvia Marchetti, and Director General of the Economic Development Agency/Chamber of Commerce, Denis Cecchetti, the British Consul General and Director of the Department for International Trade, Ben Greenwood, will give an overview of the opportunities for collaboration and of the new scenario after the conclusion of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom.    In the framework of the Government’s campaign Keep Business Moving, Cameron Ballester, First Secretary for European Affairs at the British Embassy, will present the new procedures for the interchange of goods and services between the United Kingdom and San Marino in force from 1 January 2021, and then answer any questions from companies.   Those interested are kindly requested to consult the “news” section of the website of the Economic Development Agency/Chamber of Commerce, where they can find all the logistic details concerning the event and the registration procedures.         San Marino, 24 February 2021 2021-05-14itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriConclusion of a protocol for the purchase of the Sputnik V anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccinehttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1015223.html The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Social Security of the Republic of San Marino announce the conclusion of a protocol for the purchase of the Sputnik V anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developed by the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow.   The authorization by the Government of San Marino of the use of Sputnik V within its territory, will allow the Republic to receive the first doses of the  vaccine in the next few days, followed by a second delivery for the booster dose within one month. The agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund) was made possible thanks to the solid international relations between San Marino and the Russian Federation, with the Government's aim of achieving the desired immunity of San Marino population.   "This is an important step for the Republic of San Marino - said the Minister of Foreign Affairs Luca Beccari - which demonstrates, once again, the importance of developing synergies between States: the fight against coronavirus must have no geopolitical connotation and know no borders. Small European States like San Marino must be able to ensure a uniform vaccination campaign throughout their territory, with the general objective of beating this disease as soon as possible."   “We have worked hard to overcome the difficulties encountered in the supply," said the Minister of Health Roberto Ciavatta. “The purchase of this quantity of vaccines, which will be added to the doses provided for in the agreement previously signed with Italy, will supplement our stocks in order to protect the entire San Marino population as quickly as possible and to catch up with the European vaccination campaign, which has already started".   San Marino, 19 February 2021 2021-05-14itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSan Marino supports Canadian Declaration against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relationshttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1015225.html The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luca Beccari, participated in the launch of the Declaration against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations promoted by Canada.   On Monday 15 February, Minister Beccari took part remotely in a meeting organised by the Canadian Government in Ottawa to launch a declaration against the use of arbitrary arrest, sentencing and detention as a diplomatic tool to influence foreign governments. The Declaration, supported by San Marino, has so far been endorsed by 59 countries.   The document is aimed at protecting the citizens of all countries who live, work and travel abroad, through a concrete and shared commitment to greater respect for human rights, consular relations, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, which are all universal values firmly rooted in international law.   In particular, the Declaration aims to raise awareness and combat arbitrary detention, calling upon States to put an end to harsh conditions in detention, denial of access to counsel, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.   "San Marino believes that international law and international human rights law establish obligations that States are bound to respect. According to international law, every State has the obligation and duty to respect, protect and enforce human rights," said Minister Beccari in his speech. "For this reason, the Republic of San Marino, relying on its long history and inspired by the democratic and universal principles on which coexistence among peoples and nations should be based, is pleased to make its contribution to this very important issue".      19 February 2021 2021-05-14itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriCORONAVIRUS (COVID - 19) UPDATEShttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1015220.html Updated as of 3 May 2021   Pursuant to Decree-Law no. 85 of 30 April 2021, valid until 5.00 a.m. of 3 June 2021, the following provisions on entry/return to San Marino apply. Entry into the Republic of San Marino, for those coming from countries other than Italy and the Vatican City, or who have stayed outside these two countries in the previous 14 days, is permitted on presentation of the following documents: a certificate of vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 or a SARS-CoV-2 antibody test certificate issued after 1st April 2021 or a certificate of recovery from SARS-CoV-2 within the previous six months. This certificate may be in paper or digital form; a certificate providing proof of a negative coronavirus test by means of a molecular swab no later than 48 hours before entry and in any case in accordance with the health protocols in force in the Republic of San Marino. The relevant certification must be sent to the national Health Authority in order to verify its compliance with the health protocols in force in San Marino, to the following email address: laboratorioanalisi@pec.sm, or, in the event of problems, to laboratorio.analisi@iss.sm. San Marino citizens, people with San Marino residence and people with a stay permit in San Marino who return to the Republic of San Marino from countries other than Italy and the Vatican City, or who have been outside these two countries in the 14 days preceding their return, in case they are not possession of the above-mentioned certificates, are required to contact the Single Booking Centre of the Social Security Institute before their return, in order to take a molecular or antigenic swab test within 48 hours from their return, and bear the costs of the test. While awaiting the result of the test, such people are obliged to initiate self-isolation. In the event of a positive result, people returning to San Marino must be placed in home quarantine. In the event of a negative result, no restrictions are envisaged. You can contact the Single Booking Centre at the following telephone number 0549 994889 or email address gestione.agende@iss.sm. As an alternative, it is allowed to provide the SSI Laboratory for analysis with a certificate of anti-SARS-CoV-2 injection or attesting to the negative result of a coronavirus molecular or antigenic swab test taken during the last 48 hours before their entry into San Marino, in accordance with the health protocols in force in the Republic of San Marino. The relevant certification must be sent to the national Health Authority in order to verify its compliance with the health protocols in force in San Marino, to the following email address: laboratorioanalisi@pec.sm, or, in the event of problems, to laboratorio.analisi@iss.sm. Anyone needing to take a voluntary covid-19 test may contact the San Marino medical centres authorised to perform such tests. The relevant list is available at the following link. Travel between the Republic of San Marino and the Italian regions, provinces and municipalities where restrictive measures are in force for the containment of a high epidemiological risk (so-called red and orange zones) is forbidden except for proven work needs, health reasons or situations of necessity through self-certification. However, travel for study purposes is allowed for face-face teaching where permitted. Without prejudice to the restrictions in force outside San Marino territory, in any case, situations of necessity include cross-border travel: a) to reach minor children at the other parent's or in any case at the foster parent's home, or to take them to one’s home; b) to carry out authorized competitive sports activities (training and competitions); (c) to go to owned second homes; (d) for reunification with spouse/partner; e) to purchase basic goods and/or goods that are not available in the place of residence. Travel between the Republic of San Marino and the regions, provinces and municipalities neighbouring San Marino, where restrictive measures are in force for the containment of a high epidemiological risk (so-called yellow zones), is permitted. For further information on entry/return into the Republic of San Marino, please contact the email address of the Department of Foreign Affairs: viaggiareinformati@esteri.sm. To obtain more information on entry restrictions imposed by certain countries on passengers departing from or transiting through Italy, please refer to “Viaggiare Sicuri” of the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 2021-05-14itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri