San Marino. The speech at the end of the semester by the Regents Mina and Rondelli: “Respect for democratic institutions, the foundation of our centenary state identity”
Address of greeting at the end of the semester of the Captains Regent Oscar Mina and Paolo Rondelli to the Great and General Council
Ladies and Gentlemen Councilors, Madam and Gentlemen Secretaries of State,
In the traditional farewell greeting of the Regency to the Great and General Council, we wish first of all to express our appreciation and thanks for the availability and collaboration you have granted us in recent months in order to guarantee a correct and fruitful conduct of parliamentary activity.
In our speech at the beginning of the semester role made express reference to the importance of the board and the need to represent it well, from an ethical point of view and from the point of view of the quality of the work.
The hope then formulated was that the discussion within this Chamber would always be characterized by respect for the institutions, the dignity of each individual Councilor, the diversity of ideas and political convictions that find representation here.
We note with satisfaction today that this request has not been rejected. Indeed, this Council and all its bodies – the Bureau and Permanent Commissions in the first place – have shown how, thanks to serious and responsible discussion, one can find formidable syntheses even on particularly delicate and divisive issues that can involve personal sensitivities. and differentiated and opposing morals; this in the high interest of the Republic, of its multiple institutions and of the citizens who are – and must feel – represented in them.
Consistently with the call – made at the time of our homage – to the respect of the democratic institutions which are the foundation of our centenary state identity, in these months we have specific moments for these institutions, to render them and enhance their role, attributions and responsibilities.
We then visited the Court; visit that was not just a courtesy but rather a moment to reiterate, on the one hand, the imperative of respect for the separation of powers and the full independence and freedom of judgment of the magistrates and, on the other, the importance of ensuring the dialogue and loyal collaboration between those who exercise the judiciary power and those who exercise the legislative and political power, when necessary to tackle problems of judicial policy at a systemic level.
And precisely with reference to justice we cannot fail to recall the important result obtained by our country in the fourth cycle of Evaluation of the GRECO, in which the Republic of San Marino is the most virtuous country. In fact, on 15 June last, the Council of Europe Group of States against corruption promoted San Marino with flying colors, especially for its interventions on the judiciary. A very satisfying result was achieved and formalized during our mandate; a result that – as emphasized with words of praise by the international body itself – testifies how politics can achieve important results when all the interlocutors form a team.
In the awareness, then, that it is in the local realities that the citizens’ democracy is consolidated and the fundamental principle of popular sovereignty is confirmed, we met, in their respective offices, the Capitani di Castello and their councils.
The work of these local representatives is not always valued, shared and understood in all its importance, because a certain type of culture or habit brings back more easily to the central power than to the peripheral one.
The hope – and the recommendation – formulated by the Regency is that it will unfold, in all its potential, the exercise of the immediate competences that belong to the Captains and the Councils, which represent the first and most verification of the needs and expectations that the San Marino people demonstrate.
Also in this circumstance we have strongly emphasized the need for “institutional dialogue”.
Today more than ever, institutions and politics must listen and dialogue with citizens. Listening is the first step, not entirely taken for granted, to recover a trust that risks being there, it is an obligatory step that jeopardizes to make political action coincide with common feeling.
In the list of institutional visits, those to the Headquarters of the three Police Corps must certainly be included, occasions on which we expressed our gratitude and appreciation for the unreserved and relentless commitment to managing the Covid emergency and the reception of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine, which adds to the daily duties of the service.
We also remember the visit to the State Hospital where we participated in the proximity to those who guarantee the ordinary despite the extraordinary nature of the last two years. A visit that, even in this case, went beyond the formal protocol, and put professionalism and people at the center, beyond roles.
Looking back on other salient moments of our mandate, the State Visit to Montenegro is a source of great satisfaction for us, during which the feelings of friendship existing between the two States were confirmed, the will to continue in the fruitful collaboration and lay the foundations for its progressive strengthening.
Among the events of international importance, we mention the visit by the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, in which the proposal was formally advanced to hold the Organization’s autumn meeting in San Marino in 2025.
Likewise, we like to remember participation in Mediterranean Games which took place in Oran, an occasion of which – in addition to competitive successes of San Marino athletes – the episode of correctness and fair play which saw one of our athletes as protagonist and which does honor to our country should be proudly underlined. May this be an example for everyone, also and above all for those who, like us, hold political and institutional roles, which owe honesty, loyalty, dedication and respect.
Unfortunately, this semester was also marred by moments of deep pain and sadness. There loss of young lives, tragically broken in the middle of a happy summer, left everyone stunned. There is a great sense of bewilderment and helplessness which nevertheless must make us reflect and become an opportunity to search for a meaning even in the transience of life. We have already had the opportunity to underline that we will keep an invaluable legacy of this tragic loss in the years to come: the awareness of life as a gift received, which can last – even beyond detachment – to restore renewed and hope, thanks to an act of trust. extreme generosity such as organ donation.
In this regard, the Regency invites all citizens to consider the donation of organs, blood, bone marrow, as forms of social solidarity, collective love, dedication and generosity towards others, so that every life may the life of each of us be saved by these donations, even in pain and suffering.
Generosity that we all have immense need and which, moreover – and we like to stress it even today – the people of San Marino have given proof in so many dramatic circumstances in its centenary history, confirming it recently, with acts of concrete and solidarity welcome, in the face of the drama of the Ukrainian people forced to flee from war, its horrors and its destruction.
May these gestures also be a virtuous example for the institutions we represent, to honor those principles of democracy on which our living together is based, to safeguard and safeguard the values of peaceful coexistence, respect for the rights and dignity of every being. human, the repudiation of any expression of hatred, discrimination, violence and the firm condemnation of all forms of aggression and abuse.
Ladies and Gentlemen Councilors, Madam and Gentlemen Secretaries of State,
our mandate is coming to an end, but our commitment to the institutions and to the country will not end with it.
In these six months we have been able to learn a lot. There are many lessons that, thanks to the observation point enjoyed by the Regency, we have drawn from the various expressions of society, from volunteering, from the scholastic, entrepreneurial, economic world, from organizations and associations.
We will therefore continue, even at the end of this mandate, to be spokespersons for the various requests we have collected, certain that we will be able to find in all of you – who will return to colleagues – a similar commitment.
For now, let us reconfirm our sincere gratitude for the contribution made by each of you to the activity of the Great and General Council, always showing great respect for the regential institute and for our people, as well as an effective collaboration.
We thank in particular the Secretariat Office which with punctuality Thanks and solicitude has concretely contributed to the Regency in carrying out its role, which is not always easy, as Presidency of the Council. Last but not least, we thank the Military Corps, the Diplomatic Protocol, the Institutional Secretariat Office also with its recent actions – State Congress Section, Legislative Studies Section, Institutional Services Operators. Of all we appreciated the professionalism, the edition and the institutional respect shown towards the Regent Institute and our people.
Finally, we wish to congratulate the elected Captains Regent, Maria Luisa Berti and Manuel Ciavatta, and express our warmest wishes for the task – certainly challenging, but also full of intense emotions and great satisfactions – that awaits them, certain that they will be able to exercise the Supreme. Judiciary with competence, authority and a high sense of the state.