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 EsteriDecree-Law no. 122 of 24 July 2020http://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1014623.html Decree-Law no. 122 of 24 July 2020 ratifies some provisions of Decree-Law no. 108, which established the end of the health emergency in the Republic of San Marino.   With regard to returns from abroad, the obligation to undergo the serological test has been extended to all those who enter the Republic of San Marino from non-EU and non-Schengen countries. Any persons not residing or not staying in San Marino are in any case required to undergo the test and to bear the costs for the execution of the clinical investigations and of any quarantine, unless they have already completed a period of quarantine upon entry into one of the territories of the European Union according to criteria that are in compliance with the health protocols in force in the Republic of San Marino.   Article 10 of Decree Law no. 122 provides for the obligation of prior notification to the Department of Foreign Affairs (or, in cases of urgency, to the Inter-agency Operations Centre) with consequent serological testing, in case of return from: - Non-EU countries; - Non-Schengen countries. Therefore, the following travellers are not subject to the above obligation: - Travellers arriving from one of the 27 EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary; - Travellers arriving from a Schengen country: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland; - Travellers arriving from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State.   All those who come from any countries not on the list are therefore obliged to notify in advance their return to the Department of Foreign Affairs or, in case of return for urgent reasons, to the Inter-agency Operations Centre; consequently, they must undergo a serological test and, in the event of a positive IgG or IgM result, a molecular testing (swab). While awaiting the outcome of the tests, they are obliged to self-quarantine. In the event that the molecular testing (swab) is positive, the above citizens or residents will be placed in home quarantine. In the event of a negative result, they will not be subject to any restrictions.   The above measures will take effect until 31 December 2020.   The Ministry and the Department of Foreign Affairs remain at the disposal of San Marino citizens and residents travelling abroad to provide them with assistance and explanations on return procedures at the address dipartimentoaffariesteri@pa.sm    Download Decree-Law no. 122 Annex 1  Annex 2       San Marino, 24 July 2020 2020-09-27itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriThe Council of Europe Development Bank approves a €10 million loan to San Marino for health expenses related to the COVID-19 emergencyhttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1014573.html Last 3 July, the Administrative Council of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) approved six new loans, totalling EUR 326.5 million, to the member countries of this Paris-based multilateral financial institution, in order to help them mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, preserve and create jobs and promote other social investments.   Among the member countries benefiting from the above mentioned financing is also the Republic of San Marino, for which a long-term loan of up to EUR 10 million at a subsidised rate has been approved in order to support the country's efforts in the management of the COVID-19 health crisis, through the co-financing of medical supplies and investments of the State Hospital.     The above loan, whose rate could be less than 0.5% and with a duration of up to 15 years, will make it possible to cover part of the medical expenses incurred by the Social Security Institute, as well as future expenses to deal with the emergency for medical supplies and diagnostic tests, as well as to improve the Republic's hospitalisation capacity.   The Republic of San Marino has been a member of the Council of Europe Development Bank since 1989, with a shareholding of 0.089%, and is represented in the Governing Board by Ambassador Sylvie Bollini and in the Administrative Council by Mr. Nicola Ceccaroli.     4 July 2020 2020-09-27itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriResumption of negotiations for the Association Agreementhttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1014569.html During the week 29 June to 3 July, a number of video conference meetings were held with the competent EU services; the negotiations between San Marino and the European Union for the conclusion of an Association Agreement have therefore been officially resumed after the interruption due to the general elections and the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Luca Beccari spoke at the opening of the session to confirm San Marino's commitment to the negotiation process and to describe the Government's intention to speed up the negotiations, as well as to underline the objectives discussed and approved at the last meeting of the Permanent Parliamentary Commission for Foreign Affairs.  The discussions with the competent EU services focused on matters such as customs union and trade policy, which are already partially included in the Cooperation and Customs Union Agreement in force and which San Marino has long been committed to applying. The meeting, characterised by fair and pragmatic discussions, was useful to examine the aspects that are relevant to both sides and that will be included in the new legal framework.  While providing for renewed legal and political relations also in these matters, the Agreement will require both parties to coordinate their efforts, in order to achieve a mutually satisfactory result that combines the EU’s legal certainty and San Marino’s particular situation. In the margins of this meeting, San Marino delegation expressed its willingness to solve, in a special negotiation meeting, also the issue relating to the requirements and burdens arising from the T2 document concerning trade. In this regard, San Marino delegation undertook to submit an operational proposal by the end of July.  In a subsequent meeting, San Marino provided clarifications on some specific aspects related to free movement of goods, with particular reference to product liability, which is of primary importance for the proper functioning of the internal market and will facilitate the updating of San Marino consumer protection legislation. The discussions have allowed an agreement to be reached between the parties on the timing of San Marino's transposition and the possible operational modalities of cooperation with the competent EU services.     San Marino, 3 July 2020   2020-09-27itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriDecree-Law no. 108 - Returns from abroadhttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1014560.html Decree-Law no. 108, establishing the end of the health emergency and, consequently, a gradual and full return to normal activities, was published yesterday. In particular, with regard to the return of citizens and residents from abroad, Art. 10 of the above mentioned Decree-Law provides for the obligation of prior notification to the Department of Foreign Affairs (or, in cases of urgency, to the Inter-agency Operations Centre) only in case of return from: - Non-EU countries; - Non-Schengen countries. Therefore, the following travellers are not subject to the above obligation: - Travellers arriving from one of the 27 EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary; - Travellers arriving from a Schengen country: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland; - Travellers arriving from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State.   The Ministry and the Department of Foreign Affairs remain at the disposal of San Marino citizens and residents travelling abroad to provide them with assistance and explanations on return procedures at the following address dipartimentoaffariesteri@pa.sm      San Marino, 1 July 2020 2020-09-27itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriMeeting with the Ambassador of Italy, Guido Cerbonihttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1014477.html Today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luca Beccari, received, in Palazzo Begni, the Ambassador of Italy Guido Cerboni on the 74th Anniversary of the Italian Republic. The meeting provided an opportunity to confirm the solid and fruitful bilateral relations and to retrace, together, the most salient stages of the period when both States have been affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. Minister Beccari wished to express to Ambassador Cerboni the sentiments of fraternal closeness to the friendly Italian Republic, together with sincere gratitude for the continuous attention and support received in this very difficult situation that has brought suffering and pain to both States. In particular, the Minister wished to personally thank Ambassador Cerboni, who in these months of health emergency, has ensured his constant collaboration also regarding the repatriation procedures of many San Marino citizens and residents from abroad. The celebration of such an important institutional anniversary was held in a very unusual format, because, due to the need for social distancing, it could not take place at the Embassy of Italy. In this regard, great importance was attached to the digital gifts that, on the initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spread the awareness of solid identity roots around the world, promoting an artistic and cultural heritage that can be the vehicle for an effective and concrete revival. Inspired by Italian national day that, for the friendly Italian people, is a symbol of freedom and democracy, the Government of the Republic of San Marino, through this meeting at Palazzo Begni, wishes to emphasize the deep identity bonds between our two countries. This is in line with the mutual commitment to sharing and mutual support at bilateral and multilateral level. "Both our States have gone through a delicate period. We have been called to face the unpredictable and, for the first time, our citizens have experienced confinement in their respective territories," said Minister Beccari. "In this context we have further witnessed the extraordinary capacity to work together and to recognise our concrete needs to ensure health, safety and sustainability for our populations".   San Marino, 2 June 2020     2020-09-27itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriHealth emergency: Decree Law no. 96 of 31 May 2020 was publishedhttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1014475.html The latest Decree-Law contains provisions that further relax the restrictive measures resulting from the Covid emergency 2020-09-27itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriDonation by the Government of Latviahttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1014455.html Today, the Republic of San Marino has received a yet one more token of generosity. The Government of the Republic of Latvia has donated 432 five-litre canisters in disinfection products for the sanitation of objects and surfaces, which will be made available for community services. This is the seventh substantial donation of material received from the States with which San Marino has bilateral relations, in addition to the numerous tangible demonstrations of solidarity received in recent months. Governments and Institutions, as well as individual citizens, companies and San Marino diplomatic and consular representatives, have expressed their attachment to San Marino through donations of medical supplies or by promoting fundraising for the Social Security Institute. The Ministry acknowledges with satisfaction this new delivery, which witnesses to the work and contacts established by the Department for Foreign Affairs. These manifestations of solidarity keep coming unceasingly and their underlying generosity fills our country with pride.     San Marino, 27 May 2020   2020-09-27itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriMinisterial Meeting of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiativehttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1014454.html 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   2020-09-27itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriDecree - Law no. 79 of 18 May - News on moving to and from the Republichttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1014424.html The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs the public on the latest news regarding moving to and from the Republic of San Marino, introduced by Decree-Law no. 79 of 18 May 2020 thanks to the constant cooperation with the Italian Government. This piece of legislation is aimed at implementing effective and concerted measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic that has taken place in recent months.   Starting from today people can move to and from Italy without limitations. People who wish to move outside the borders of San Marino will no longer need to motivate their journey. However, they will still be required to stay informed and respect the Italian national regulations as well as the specific regulations adopted by Italian regions and provinces which they enter and through which they transit. Likewise, people may enter the Republic of San Marino from Italy with no limitations, without prejudice to the regulations in force, in particular in the field of hygiene and health.   For those returning to San Marino from abroad (excluding Italy), the provisions of Article 10 of Decree-Law no. 78 of 15 May 2020 will remain in force. Those, who wish to return to San Marino from abroad, are required to notify in advance the date of your return to the Department of Foreign Affairs at dipartimentoaffariesteri@pa.sm or, in case of return for urgent reasons, to the Inter-agency Operations Centre, specifying name and surname, ISS code, date of return, time, place, means of transport (plane, car, etc.), email and mobile phone number. Therefore, those who return will be tested serologically and, in case of a positive result, with a molecular swab. While awaiting the outcome of the tests, the returnee is required to put himself in solitary confinement. In the event that the molecular swab gives a positive result, the returnee will will be subjected to home isolation and will have to follow the instructions given by the Social Security Institute. Download the text of the Decree-Law     San Marino, 18 May 2020 2020-09-27itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriDonation by the Swiss Confederationhttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1014377.html The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its deepest gratitude for important donation made by the Swiss Confederation to the Republic of San Marino. The delivery of 1000 protective suits to the Institute for Social Security was welcomed with sincere appreciation as part of an equally significant donation made to our country.  The Ministry for Foreign Affairs, while recalling the excellent bilateral relations between our two countries and the comprehensive collaboration at the multilateral level, wishes to highlight the importance of this donation. This initiative takes place in the framework of the mutual and fruitful cooperation between States, especially in situations that revive the sense of unity and closeness to peoples and nations in need.  The contribution given by the friendly Swiss Confederation helps to further strengthen the spirit of collaboration and unity between states. Today, cooperation is more crucial than ever in facing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 health emergency, which, in several ways, are challenging the international community as a whole.   San Marino, 5 May 2020   2020-09-27itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri