The consular corps event, held at the Castillo Hotel Son Vida, was attended by 26 of the 38 countries that have consulates in the Balearic Islands. Vienna Convention, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, regulates consular relations between states

The consular corps celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Vienna Convention this Thursday evening at Castillo Hotel Son Vida. Vienna Convention on Consular Relations has regulated consular relations between states since it was established in 1963.

The event, which took place at the Hotel Son Vida in Palma, was attended by 26 of the 38 countries that have consulates on the islands, as well as the authorities and representatives of different entities in the Balearic Islands. Among others, representatives from Estonia, Hungary, Italy and Norway were present.  The commemoration also served to strengthen relations between local entities and the representatives of the different countries represented by the members of the consular corps.


cuerpo consular Son Vida

Mallorca Global was represented at the commemoration by Katarina Madarova, marketing and advertising agent.

Consular work has been strengthened

In his speech, the dean of the consular corps, Rafael Guillermo Arismendy, consul of Colombia in the Balearic Islands, highlighted the importance of the Vienna Convention and its impact on consular relations on the islands. “Since its entry into force in 1967, this Convention has enabled the creation of mechanisms for the protection of the rights of foreign citizens and has guaranteed access to consular services for all citizens, regardless of their nationality,” he said.

He also remarked that, after three years of a tough pandemic, consular work has been strengthened, bringing the presence and assistance of governments to citizens settled on the islands. “Each one of us was there to assist our communities through the planning of humanitarian flights and the accompaniment of people in a high state of vulnerability who, due to different circumstances, be it for tourism, studies or business, could feel the impotence of not returning to their places of origin, and give them support in accommodation and food, basic human needs (…) This situation showed the world what a consul does: to assist them unconditionally when they need it most and to carry out this noble work that I have always called ‘apostolate of life’,” Arismendy said.