Segreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri - Repubblica di San Marino e comunicati della Segreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriMinisters Renzi and Guidi in Frankfurt to meet with the European Central Bank On Thursday 27 June, a delegation from the San Marino Government, led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicola Renzi, and the Minister of Finance, Eva Guidi, met in Frankfurt with a delegation from the European Central Bank led by Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board.  During the meeting, the issues related to the Monetary Agreement between the Republic of San Marino and the European Union were discussed; moreover, the two delegations exchanged their views on some aspects of San Marino banking and financial system. San Marino, 27 June 2019 2019-07-20itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriVisit of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia Minister Renzi met today with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, Marija Pejčinović Burić. During the meeting, the numerous areas of collaboration were discussed, both bilaterally and in the multilateral context. Particular attention was given to the relationship between the Republic of San Marino and the Council of Europe, which has always been characterised by an active commitment at the political, diplomatic, institutional and parliamentary levels. In this regard, the Croatian Minister was welcomed in the Government Building by the San Marino Parliamentary Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which will soon be in Strasbourg for the election of the new Secretary General. The two Ministers of Foreign Affairs focused on various issues of common interest and expressed their desire to intensify diplomatic relations and cooperation within the major international organizations.   “San Marino and Croatia are indissolubly linked for historical reasons, first and foremost for the origins of our Holy Founder - Minister Renzi said - but they are also united by various forms of collaboration in the bilateral and multilateral context, which we certainly hope to intensify in the future”.  During the meeting, Minister Renzi also spoke about San Marino process toward a greater European integration, recalling Croatia's friendship and support, which will be further confirmed in the near future, during the Croatian Presidency of the European Union in the first semester 2020.   San Marino, 14 June 2019   2019-07-20itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriThe Captains Regent in Geneva for the ILO’s centenary Their Excellencies the Captains Regent, Nicola Selva and Michele Muratori, were in Geneva to celebrate the centenary of the International Labour Organization. In their speech, the Captains Regent highlighted the close relationship that links the economic and social progress of the Republic of San Marino to the centenary history of the Organization and they reaffirmed San Marino's commitment to the promotion of multilateralism and dialogue, in order to address the challenges that globally affect all countries. Recalling San Marino's recent accession to the Maternity Protection Convention (183), They presented the relevant initiatives that the Republic has taken in recent years. Among these, the drafting of the document entitled "San Marino: business and work. The challenge of the new macroeconomic scenarios.” and the reforms in the labour market, such as the establishment of the Office dedicated to Active Labour Policies and the on-line portal to encourage direct matching of labour supply and demand.  Also the disadvantaged groups and the risks of social isolation resulting from the lack of work were mentioned in their speech. “Work, when regulated by the rights and duties enshrined internationally - said the Captains Regent- means social justice, inclusion and personal growth". In the morning, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the French President, Emmanuel Macron, had addressed the plenary session. Before the beginning of the work, the Captains Regent, together with the Minister of Labour Andrea Zafferani, the staff of the Permanent Mission in Geneva and the Department of Foreign Affairs, had informal meetings with the Director-General of the ILO, Guy Ryder, the President of Malta, George Vella - who was once an Official Speaker of the ceremony of investiture of the Captains Regent - and the Cypriot President, Nicos Anastasiades. The Captains Regent then attended a working lunch offered by Director-General Ryder in the presence of the aforementioned authorities and other institutional representatives, including the Luxembourg Prime Minister and the resigning British Prime Minister, Theresa May. Today, further institutional visits by the Captains Regent and the accompanying delegation are planned. In the morning, they will meet IOC President, Thomas Bach, who will offer the delegation, which also include representatives of San Marino National Olympic Committee, Gian Primo Giardi and Eros Bologna, a visit to the Committee's headquarters followed by a working lunch.  In the afternoon, the Captains Regent will visit UEFA headquarters in Nyon. The return of the delegation to San Marino is expected on Wednesday night. San Marino, 12 June 2019 2019-07-20itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriFour new Ambassadors present their Letters of Credence This morning, the Ceremony of presentation of the Letters of Credence of new Ambassadors accredited to the Republic of San Marino took place at Palazzo Pubblico.   Introduced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicola Renzi, H.E. Anthony George Simpson, Ambassador of New Zealand, H.E. Todor Hristov Stoyanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria, H.E. Theodore M. Passas, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic and H.E. Josef Andreas Flamand, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, presented their Letters of Credence to their Excellencies the Captains Regent, Nicola Selva and Michele Muratori.   After this ceremony, Mrs. Elaine Seow E-lin took the oath as Honorary Consul of San Marino in Singapore. San Marino, 31 May 2019 2019-07-20itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriMeeting in Helsinki between Minister Renzi and the Italian Minister, Moavero Milanesi. During the 129th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicola Renzi, and his Italian counterpart, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, had a wide-ranging discussion, in the presence of their respective Delegations. The meeting allowed to discuss some issues of bilateral interest, with the will to accelerate their resolution. Among the priorities mentioned by Renzi, the rapid solution for the issue deriving from the adoption of the Italian Security Decree; in this regard, Minister Milanesi assured his full support to the numerous requests from San Marino and assured to achieve as soon as possible the desired result. Minister Moavero Milanesi also confirmed the intention to rapidly finalise the Agreement for the recognition of residence permits and resident's cards issued by the Republic of San Marino to third country nationals for the purposes of free movement in Italy and the crossing of the Italian external borders. With regard to the revision of the Convention of friendship and good neighbouring of 31 March 1939, which is still under negotiation, the Italian Minister offered his full support for a rapid definition of the new text, eighty years after its adoption. The two Ministers also discussed the state of play of the negotiations for the Association Agreement with the European Union, focussing in particular on those issues where a greater bilateral cooperation between the two countries could help achieve the best outcome. In this regard, the San Marino delegation thanked the Italian Minister for his active willingness to cooperate also on this issue, which is of priority importance for the Republic. San Marino, 17 May 2019 2019-07-20itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriMinister Renzi to attend the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe The 129th Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe officially opened today in Helsinki. The Prime Minister of Finland opened the session to which the Foreign Ministers of the 47 member countries contributed this morning. Minister Renzi delivered his speech on the theme of the morning session “A shared responsibility for democratic security in Europe”, reaffirming San Marino's support for multilateralism, which is a privileged context for the promotion of civil coexistence, in the implementation of the principle of equality between States. “There is no peace - said Renzi - without respect for the rights of all human beings", thus underlying the centrality and strength of dialogue in the resolution of disputes, [...] "which destabilize the Organization and undermine its future ambitions". Renzi also expressed his appreciation for the work carried out by the Council of Europe over the last 70 years, "tracing a path and creating a model, continuing to evolve on the basis of the experiences of its member States", with its remarkable capacity for facing current challenges but at the same time firmly anchored in those core values, which have enabled the Organisation to play a leading role in the protection of human rights and the European continent to strengthen democracy. In his speech, Minister Renzi brought to the attention of his colleagues the outcome of the first High-Level Conference on the Dangers of Disinformation, held in San Marino on 10 May. Strongly supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this Conference made a significant contribution on the subject of information manipulation and the associated risks. It was a high quality event, attended by international experts, journalists and academics, who shared experiences, research, operational strategies, in order to increase the knowledge and to disseminate best practices in the fight against misinformation, insidious dangers and real threats to the stability of democratic systems. The Conference also received qualified contributions from the top management of the Council of Europe. In the afternoon, at the end of the Ministerial Session chaired by the Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Finland will hand over the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers to France. Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, will present the priorities of her country's Presidency. San Marino, 17 May 2019  . 2019-07-20itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriMinister Renzi at the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Minister Renzi will fly to Helsinki to participate in the 129th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, after the conclusion of a supplementary negotiating session with the EU in Brussels. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the 47 member states will gather to discuss the role of the Organization, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary. The annual meeting, which will open tomorrow, will be an opportunity to take joint decisions on the future of the Council of Europe, in the light of the new global challenges affecting the state of human rights, rule of law and democracy, that is to say, the three pillars on which the mission of the Organisation is based. In the annual report of the Secretary General, Mr. Jagland draws attention to the role of institutions in Europe and to the attempts to undermine them. The session in Helsinki will be an opportunity to discuss and search for actions aimed at consolidating the role and authority of the Institution. This afternoon, Minister Renzi will take part in a celebratory treaty event and sign three important conventions in the field of sports events, the transfer of sentenced persons and the processing of personal data. Afterwards, accompanied by Ambassador Bollini, Minister Renzi will attend the ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, which will take place in the presence of the President of Finland. In the evening, Minister Renzi will attend the informal working dinner of the Heads of Delegation, organised by the President of the Committee of Ministers on the theme "Current challenges to the future of the Council of Europe". San Marino, 16 May 2019 2019-07-20itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSan Marino rises in defence of quality information Great satisfaction for the first High Level Conference on the dangers of misinformation held today at the Titano Theatre, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has granted the patronage together with the Ministry of Information. San Marino RTV, media partner of the conference. The event has been extremely appreciated, because it was focused on a topic - fake news- - which is very current and pervasive, with the aim of finding the most useful solutions to be adopted.  In his opening speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicola Renzi, mentioned the importance of a strategic event such the high-level conference for the truth process undertaken by San Marino, which "is committed to becoming an observatory for research in a phenomenon that may jeopardize democracy and freedom”. “San Marino - continued Minister Renzi - has taken the decision to take to the field to do its part, because, exercising its sovereign prerogatives, it can send out messages on democracy. [...] Fake news can question and even undermine the solidity of democratic foundations of a country, by provoking tension and creating dissent and deceptive persuasion; hence there is an absolute need to defend and safeguard the identity of the Republic of San Marino, which lies in the greatest freedom and truth for all.”  The Conference fostered a close and fruitful link between the Republic of San Marino and the main International Organizations, such as the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the OSCE. Indeed, these organisations supported San Marino’s project, helped promoting San Marino's action at a multilateral level and sent qualified high institutional representatives to participate in the event as speakers. The event was open to journalists who, through their active participation, could earn training credits. The morning programme was focused on the phenomenon of fake news in the more general context, highlighting the risks and the dangerous impact they have on the lives of citizens. In the afternoon, the focus was on the combination of misinformation and health. Statistics, data collected and the impact of fake news on civil society have made it possible to define in a scientific, academic and operational manner a phenomenon that San Marino wants to better tackle in the near future.  In the afternoon, interesting issues were raised by many qualified speakers from Italy, mainly aimed at urging the establishment in San Marino of a body to protect citizens against the risks of misinformation. Indeed, given the identity and characteristics of a country such San Marino, which protects fundamental rights and freedoms, protecting information is undoubtedly central.  The event was organised also thanks to the intense work of a group composed of the sponsoring Ministries and their respective Departments, the Ministry of Health, the University of San Marino, the Council of Journalists, the Supervisory Authority for Information and the Health Authority. San Marino, 10 May 2019 2019-07-20itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSan Marino joined the Adriatic & Ionian Initiative The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicola Renzi, is in Budva, Montenegro, to participate in the ADRION Annual Event. Renzi was invited to the 2nd edition of the Event by the Montenegrin Minister of Foreign Affairs, Srdjan Darmanovic, who is holding the presidency.   San Marino is participating in the event as a special guest, following the interest expressed by the country last February to join the Initiative as the 10th Member State. Minister Renzi has taken the floor during the plenary assembly of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to formally request the entry into the Initiative. The request has been welcomed by the assembly, which highlighted the importance of an enlargement to more countries to this regional cooperation project.   The Adriatic and Ionian Initiative (AII) was established after the adoption of the Ancona Declaration in 2000. The AII counts nine Members States bordering the Adriatic and Ionian seas: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia. These countries are already linked to San Marino by friendship and collaboration, also through bilateral and multilateral agreements. By joining a macro-region, San Marino will further strengthen the existing relations, even cultural and historical, through new opportunities of cooperation with the participating countries. Moreover, the AII will promote political and economic stability in the Adriatic and Balkan region, support a sustainable development and boost the social and economic cohesion of the region.   With regard to the objectives and principles of the Forum and the reasons behind the decision to join, Minister Renzi reported to the Assembly that San Marino "attaches great importance to the principles of cooperation, exchange of good practices and projects promoting interregional cooperation", in particular in the fields of transport and energy, culture and sustainable tourism. “San Marino - said the Minister - believes that belonging to a specific geographical area, to a shared history and culture represents an added value, because it means recognizing the common perspectives of integration and allying to face common challenges, whether national or supranational. San Marino, 08 May 2019        2019-07-20itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSan Marino towards the European Union: information events on the Association process The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has organized a set of information events to update citizens on the association process with the European Union entitled "San Marino towards the European Union", with the participation of the Directorate for European Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs and in collaboration with the Township Councils. The aim is to inform the public about the most recent developments in the negotiations for a greater European integration of San Marino, which are now at a turning point. The Agreement is expected to be initialled at the beginning of summer 2019. However, as Minister Renzi assured - "it will be initialled only if it is considered satisfactory with respect to the requests and needs of the country". The Association Agreement is a key objective for the Republic, which transcends the interests of individual governments and majorities" - said Minister Renzi - It is a process that has been followed with continuity since 2015".   The first event will take place on the 17th of April at 9 p.m. in the hall of the Township Council of Chiesanuova. The following events will be organized in all Township Councils until the end of May, so as to reach and involve the highest number possible of citizens. During the meetings, which will be attended by Minister Renzi, officials from the European Affairs Directorate and the staff of the Ministry, the state of the art of the Agreement as well as the advantages and disadvantages of an ever urgent choice will be illustrated. These events represent the right opportunity - stressed Mr. Renzi - to combat misinformation and prejudices on an issue of vital importance for San Marino.   The initiative was also created to meet the requests of citizens and bodies that have independently organized minor events to inform the public on European issues. The Ministry will be pleased to welcome any idea, proposal and useful suggestion on the Association Agreement and wishes to keep open a direct and constant communication channel with anyone interested. For this purpose, a special Facebook account (San Marino towards the European Union) and an Instagram profile (sanmarinoue) have been created, in addition to the existing section of the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (San Marino and the European Union) and the e-mail address San Marino, 15 April 2019 2019-07-20itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri