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San Marino and the EU

The Republic of San Marino is an enclave micro-state surrounded by Italy. It is just over 61 km2 and has an estimated population of around 32 000.

The EU and San Marino established diplomatic relations in 1983. Both parties coordinate and exchange information on foreign, security and human rights policies.

 

A first Ambassador

March 2016 saw the accreditation of the EU’s first Ambassador to San Marino. Mrs Laurence Argimon-Pistre presented credentials to the Captains Regents of the Republic of San Marino during a ceremony held at the 'Palazzo Pubblico' government building.

For more information about the new Ambassador position, see this press release.

 

EU-San Marino relations: a brief timeline

Since 1983, key points in the development of relations have included:

  • 1991 – The signing of a Cooperation and Customs Union Agreement.
  • 2005 – An agreement on taxation of savings came into force. In 2013 both parties decided to open negotiations to review this agreement.
  • 2009 – The euro became legal tender in San Marino thanks to a Monetary Agreement between both parties. The agreement also allows San Marino to mint euro coins to a specified maximum value.
  • 2013 – The EU decided that San Marino’s participation in the Single Market would be best served by concluding an Association Agreement. Ideally, such an agreement would also include the two other European micro-states of Andorra and Monaco. In March 2015, the EU hosted a ceremony to launch negotiations on this issue.