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 EsteriMessage by Their Excellencies the Captains Regent to the Holy Father on the occasion of the 51st World Day of Peacehttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1012070.html With reference to the Holy Father's message for the celebration of the 51st World Day of Peace on 1 January, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs transmits the reply by the Captains Regent, H.E. Matteo Fiorini and H.E. Enrico Carattoni, to His Holiness Pope Francis: “The Captains Regent share the Message of the Holy Father for the celebration of 51st World Day of Peace on 1 January, having as subject "Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace". It is a message of hope for every human being, in the conviction that everyone is entitled to the inalienable right to peace. We welcome the invitation to open our hearts to those who are forced to abandon their lands, homes and beloved ones due to conflicts, exploitation, moral and material poverty and discrimination. We are convinced of our institutional and personal duty to couple the highest humanitarian values with tangible support measures and effective integration policies, so as to responsibly interpret the inviolable principle of "a correct understanding of the common good". The Republic has always scrupulously respected both written and unwritten rules guaranteeing the recognition of equal human dignity for all. Based on this concept, a social structure of peaceful coexistence has been built, as San Marino reiterates in all fora, deeming it an essential condition for a peaceful world. There can be no peace if communities and governments do not vigorously counter discrimination, intolerance and xenophobia. Today more than ever, in the presence of massive flows of men and women in search for safety, a stronger commitment by States and the international community must be encouraged to remove the causes of a mass exodus, to ensure world-wide respect for freedom and fundamental rights, a more equitable and fair distribution of resources and a co-existence between States and peoples based on dialogue rather than hatred. We also agree on the need for a far-reaching mobilisation to open the doors of solidarity and hospitality and to replace today's conflicts and divisions with "workshops of peace". We welcome the new international UN instruments in favour of a stronger commitment of States towards today's migration phenomena. The international community will certainly take advantage of two regulatory instruments to combat a universal attitude of indifference that is generating division and discord. In the recognition of the inalienable rights, the Captains Regent joyfully welcome today's Message of Peace that stimulates deep reflections on present challenges. While encouraging the protection of all members of the human family, the Captains Regent take the opportunity of this international celebration to renew to the Holy Father their feelings of deep admiration for his tireless peace-building mission, together with the best wishes for his personal serenity and well-being and that of the Catholic Church and the Holy See”. San Marino, 1 January 2018 2018-01-16itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSan Marino included as a tourist destination in the Golden Rama Indonesia travel programmehttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1012068.html The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce that, as a result of the contacts established through the Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesian tourists have arrived in San Marino in the early afternoon today with another Indonesian travel agency, GOLDEN Rama Indonesia.  The Tourism Office welcomed the guests by holding a brief meeting with Mr. Samuele Guiducci, Personal Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Massimo Ferdinandi, Ambassador of San Marino to the Association of South-East Asian Nations, during which a welcome certificate was given to each participant. After the ceremony, the visit programme went on with a night tour of San Marino’s historical centre covered with snow, a tasting of local products and an overnight stay. After the agreement with ATS Vacations Indonesia, the new one concluded with the prestigious Rama Golden travel agency represents a further success of our diplomacy. These results prove the effectiveness of the innovative internationalization strategy that the Republic of San Marino has launched through its diplomatic and consular network. This strategy is part of an inter-ministerial working method and is also supported by the Tourism Office. The promotion of San Marino as a tourist destination is a primary economic development goal, which is being pursued also by our diplomatic and consular representations in the world. San Marino, 29 December 2017 2018-01-16itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSan Marino included as a tourist destination in the ATS Vacations Indonesia travel programmehttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1012067.html The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce that, as a result of the contacts established through the San Marino Embassy in Jakarta, the first Indonesian tourists have arrived in the Republic in the early afternoon today with the “ATS Vacations” travel agency.  After a brief visit to the city centre, their programme went on with a tour of San Marino’s historical and cultural heritage, a tasting of local products and an overnight stay. The Tourism Office welcomed the guests by holding a brief meeting with Mr. Samuele Guiducci, Personal Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, during which a welcome certificate was given to each participant. Thanks to the promotional work of our Diplomatic Mission in Jakarta, Indonesian tourists had already visited San Marino for the first time last summer, but the collaboration with a leading travel agency such as ATS Vacations is a further success achieved by our diplomacy. These results prove the effectiveness of the innovative internationalization strategy that the Republic of San Marino has launched through its diplomatic and consular network. This strategy is part of an inter-ministerial working method and is also supported by the Tourism Office. For the first time, the promotion of San Marino as a tourist destination has become a primary economic development goal, which is being pursued by our diplomatic and consular representations in the world. The first missions involved in this project were our Consulates General in Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and India and our Embassy in Indonesia. Similar tourist attraction plans will soon be launched in Japan and Malaysia. Therefore, by 2018, more diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of San Marino will receive the necessary support in order to carry out promotional activities in the field of tourism. San Marino, 20 December 2017 2018-01-16itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri24th OSCE Ministerial Council: San Marino intervenes in support of the Organization's activitieshttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1012040.html In his speech Minister Renzi invited member States to renew their commitment in the various OSCE fields of action and to promote dialogue and cooperation for a common approach in adrressing the challenges to security in the European region. 2018-01-16itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSan Marino out of the European list of tax havenshttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1012036.html San Marino is a cooperative and transparent country in tax matters according to the ECOFIN Council, whose Common European List of Tax Havens has been published in Brussels today.The list, which contains all the 'non-cooperative' countries for tax transparency purposes, does not include San Marino. Since 2016, all non-EU countries, including San Marino, were subject to a preliminary evaluation that the European Commission carried out through a series of key indicators. The results made it possible to identify the jurisdictions that do not respect taxation rules and that refuse complying with them. These were included in the European black list today. San Marino is thus in all regards a compliant country according to objective criteria, such as an adequate transparency level, which allows the exchange of tax information, a fair taxation system and compliance with the measures against tax base erosion. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance and Budget are pleased about this important result achieved by the country: a further confirmation of the quality of the choices taken by the current Government, which made the fight against tax evasion and transparency system a priority of its political action, in line with the ongoing path towards a greater European integration and with the opening-up to international markets and investors.   San Marino, 5 December 2017 2018-01-16itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSeven new Ambassadors accredited to San Marinohttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1012035.html Seven Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary have presented today the Letters of Credence to Their Excellencies the Captains Regent, H.E. Matteo Fiorini and H.E. Enrico Carattoni. In his presentation speeches, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicola Renzi, focussed on the specificities of the bilateral relations already existing with the respective countries of origin and expressed his hope of a further improvement, in the context of the ongoing process of internationalisation. The new Ambassadors presenting their credentials were: H.E. Sergey Nurtayev, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Tasia Athanasiou, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic, H.E. Jesús Manuel Gracia Aldaz, Ambassador of Spain, H.E. Margit F. Tveiten, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, H.E. Choi Jong-hyun, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Ricardas Šlepavičius, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania and H.E. Paul Dühr, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. After this ceremony, two diplomatic representatives of the Republic took the oath and will therefore increase the staff already working in two major missions. Ms. Laurence Majoie will serve as Minister at the Permanent Mission of San Marino to the United Nations and other international organizations based in Geneva, and Father Ciro Benedettini as Embassy Counsellor at the Permanent mission of San Marino to the Holy See. The latter, an honorary citizen of the Republic, has been working as deputy director of the Holy See press office for decades. His proven experience and deep spirit of service will allow his capacities to serve the interest of the Republic and its institutions. San Marino, 5 December 2017 2018-01-16itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri“A world without the death penalty”: San Marino at the international congress of the Community of Sant'Egidiohttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1011964.html The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicola Renzi, is in Rome today to attend the 10th International Congress of Ministers of Justice, "A world without the death penalty", organized by the Community of Sant'Egidio in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss Confederation. Renzi was accompanied by Daniela Rotondaro, Ambassador of the Republic of San Marino to Italy, and Michele Andreini, Personal Secretary. This event is part of the initiatives the Community of Sant'Egidio organizes every year to campaign for a universal moratorium on capital punishment. In addition to today’s congress, next 30 November “Cities for life” will take place: an annual, worldwide event in which the participating cities host initiatives against death penalty and illuminate a symbolic monument to say "NO” to such inhumane practice. Also San Marino will illuminate its Government Building, to confirm its support for the abolition of the death penalty. Before taking the floor in the Chamber of Deputies, Minister Renzi was received by Laura Boldrini, President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, together with the heads of delegations and Mario Marazziti, President of the Social Affairs Commission in Italy. In his speech, Minister Renzi recalled the active cooperation between San Marino and the Community of Sant'Egidio, and in particular the support for the abolition of death penalty. Indeed - he said - "San Marino is proud of its early decision to abolish the death penalty and, today, it seizes this opportunity to bring, as it does in all international fora, the example of a Country, the ancient Republic of San Marino, which was among the first in the world to abolish the death penalty." Minister Renzi also highlighted the most important milestones of the history of the Republic on this issue: "In 1865 San Marino permanently abolished the death penalty by introducing the new Criminal Code. Since then, it has always made its voice heard on this issue in the international arena. In order to support the mobilization against this practice, the Republic has implemented the major multilateral instruments adopted in this respect and has offered its active contribution to the historic adoption, in 2007, of the resolution of UN General Assembly calling for a moratorium on the death penalty. The Country still continues to support and promote every initiative aimed at achieving an effective universal moratorium. The Minister also mentioned the current increase of the practice of death penalty with regard to terrorism: "We are witnessing that opposition to death penalty is sadly declining, in particular in the wake of terrorist attacks that lead to feelings of hatred and to the desire for unjustified revenge, which is a serious symptom of the gradual degeneration of civil cohabitation. Finally, the Minister called for further supporting the global mobilization: "We are gathered here today to forge ever stronger alliances with those who fight the battle for life and work to create a world without death penalty". The Italian Minister of Justice, Andrea Orlando, also took the floor at the congress. At the end of the event, the delegations were invited by Minister Renzi to a working lunch. During this occasion, the Minister described the progress made by the Republic within international organizations on the topic of the day, as well as on the full protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Before the toast, Renzi addressed the Ministers of Justice convened to stress the profound significance of this initiative and the need to “raise the awareness of our Countries on the importance of a society without death penalty”. San Marino, 28 November 2017   2018-01-16itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriVisit by the Minister of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation of the Republic of Congohttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1011949.html Today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicola Renzi has received H.E. Martin Parfait Aimé Coussoud-Mavoungou, Minister of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation of the Republic of Congo and his delegation. The talks held at Palazzo Begni revealed the Ministers’ joint intention to deepen the bilateral relationship, which has not been officially recognised yet. The meeting also testified to the willingness to establish a partnership focusing on the development of the technology and innovation sectors. Mr. Renzi expressed satisfaction at this first meeting with institutional representatives, thus underlining his intention to establish relations between the two countries. The Republic of San Marino and the Republic of Congo are both part of international organisations and their collaboration could create interesting economic and business cooperation opportunities. To this regard, Mr. Renzi provided an overview of the recent changes in the Republic, especially in the banking and financial sectors and in terms of the country’s increasing internationalisation. Minister Renzi also confirmed that San Marino’s diplomatic relations with the Republic of Congo would give substance to the promotion of strong cooperation, in order to merge political and institutional interests with private ones, also in the light of existing successful collaborations. The Congolese Minister then met with Andrea Zafferani, Minister of Industry and Trade, and Marco Podeschi, Minister of Culture and Technological Innovation. Such meetings specifically focused on both countries’ economic and cultural potential and underlined the peacebuilding role of the Republic of Congo as a mediator in areas affected by regional conflicts, as well as its process of economic diversification through the development of technological innovation. These characteristics bring the two countries together, fostering the increase of their collaboration and friendship. Therefore, it is clear from this afternoon’s talks the desire to enhance collaboration, particularly in the fields of technological research and innovation. This desire also draws from projects currently under way in the areas of telecommunications, environment and agribusiness. His Excellency Coussoud-Mavoungou also visited the Techno-Science Park and met with San Marino trade associations and businesses. The meetings were also attended by representatives of “Stand International”, a San Marino service company for the internationalization of businesses, as well as a San Marino firm involved in a research and development project taking place in Congo. The visit falls within the current process of promotion of San Marino economy and businesses, based on the increasing interest in internationalisation and the attraction of foreign investment.   San Marino, 16 November 2017 2018-01-16itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriTrilateral meeting on European integration in Andorrahttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1011955.html The trilateral meeting confirmed the quality of preparatory technical meetings for the negotiating sessions, as well as the willingness to continue applying this working strategy. 2018-01-16itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari EsteriSan Marino in support of childhood and childrens’ rightshttp://www.affariesteri.sm/on-line/en/home/news/articolo1011948.html Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs joins in the worldwide celebrations of the Universal Children's Day, which commemorates the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. The Republic of San Marino immediately embarked on the ratification process of this important international convention - the only one supporting the most vulnerable group of society - which it joined in 1991. In an effort to apply the principles of the International Convention, San Marino has developed an advanced child protection framework, and follows monitoring activities, consultations and debates also in multilateral fora. The ultimate aim is to ensure the gradual recognition and concrete application of the widest possible range of minors’ rights, the pursuance of childrens’ best interests and their participation in decision-making. Last 18 November, San Marino took part in the third edition of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, which focused on the theme of new information and communication technologies. The meeting, held at the Council of Europe, was attended by First Secretary Ms. Sylvie Bollini. This international event highlighted the risks of emerging technologies, and focused on pivotal topics such as cyberbullying and online crime. These issues were largely tackled within the competent committees of the Council of Europe, particularly the Lanzarote Committee. The latter was established to reinforce the principles of the Convention of the Council of Europe, done in Lanzarote on 25 October 2007 and signed by the Republic of San Marino on the day of the opening ceremony. During the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, the Republic of San Marino supported a joint declaration, acknowledging the steps taken towards the effective protection of children against the risks of new technologies. San Marino also expressed the hope that the issues continue to be tackled in a comprehensive way, by keeping the debate on the protection of childrens’ rights open, and by ensuring public awareness on the worst crimes committed against them. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expresses satisfaction at the upcoming events on the risks of the Internet, jointly organised by the public and private sectors in San Marino. The events are part of the national awareness campaigns requested by the Council of Europe to its member States.   San Marino, 20 November 2017 2018-01-16itNome responsabileReferenzaKeywordsSegreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri