San Marino welcomes its inclusion in EUSAIR – Regional Policy

03/02/2022



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“It is a great honor for me to express, on behalf of the government and myself, our great satisfaction with the inclusion of the Republic of San Marino in EUSAIR as the tenth participating country. says Mr. Luca Beccari, Minister of Foreign Affairs of San Marino. “I would also like to express my gratitude for the support we have received to become an active member of this cooperation and territorial cohesion platform promoted and supported by the European Union. »

In the current historical context characterized by growing complexity and unprecedented threats to world security and peace, San Marino reaffirms its desire to establish closer relations with the European Union. This is evidenced by the start in March 2015 of negotiations with the Principality of Andorra and the Principality of Monaco, with a view to concluding an Association Agreement with the European Union.

As part of this process, the EUSAIR will be an important preparatory step to identify the professional skills and investments needed to meet the obligations of a future agreement with the EU.

Moreover, this initiative will allow San Marino to operate within the EU in close contact with other Member States, thus fostering technical and political collaboration that will be extremely useful in the years to come.

San Marino will also be able to establish a dialogue with other candidate and potential candidate countries which are not yet members of the EU by demonstrating its current legal status as a third country, as it is not an acceding or even an associated country.

This situation inevitably constitutes an element of vulnerability with regard to the current costs of its non-integration. However, this cannot prevent San Marino from seizing the opportunity now to explore all the different possibilities of regional interdependence in order to benefit from relevant joint initiatives.

Reinforcement regional cooperation

Although San Marino does not border the Adriatic or the Ionian Sea, its territory is already directly affected by the actions and projects undertaken within the framework of the Strategy, given its status as an enclave.

Thanks to the EUSAIR, San Marino will be able to manifest this condition in a broader framework. It will thus contribute to the objectives and actions undertaken by the countries participating in EUSAIR, with which it will exchange openly to offer its contribution.

San Marino believes that in facing today’s challenges, it cannot act alone. Indeed, for a small state, the many implications of environmental degradation and climate change, for example, are too heavy to be addressed alone.

On the other hand, these consequences can be considered from a different angle in a context of regional integration and cooperation in which the availability of common resources and capacities can be essential to support an area of ​​sustainable and balanced well-being and prosperity.

During the most acute phase of the COVID-19 outbreak, regional cooperation, especially with neighboring Italian regions, has been significantly strengthened. This requires, in particular, an effective exchange of information, which has proven to be essential in dealing with the health emergency and in helping citizens.

The integration of these forms of regional cooperation in a broader macro-regional framework is an additional instrument to strengthen health security and economic recovery, given the resources available for joint territorial development projects.

our unique contribution

Thanks to its centuries-old history of independence, peace and neutrality, San Marino can represent an added value to be shared with other regional partners in order to strengthen confidence in the values ​​that underpin macro-regional integration and to strengthen objectives of EUSAIR.

These are in fact more focused on the unifying elements than on those which divide, within a framework of institutional convergence and territorial cooperation. San Marino can contribute more to cohesion in this specific context, which aims to encourage initiatives aimed at bridging the gaps and creating infrastructure and telecommunications links between countries.

Despite the limited resources available, San Marino can become an active part of this macro-regional connection project thanks to its unique characteristics, which can also be deduced from its historical heritage and its focus on tourism.

San Marino will be able to give impetus to other initiatives that pursue the objectives of the Strategy. EUSAIR can therefore benefit from a new stakeholder who actively participates in the wider process aimed at creating synergies and strengthening the existing cooperation in the Adriatic and Ionian macro-region.

Luca Beccari

Minister of Foreign Affairs

EUSAIR – https://www.adriatic-ionian.eu/

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