Arraiolos meeting

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The term Arraiolos meeting refers to the multinational informal convention of, both executive and non-executive, presidents of European Union member states, held roughly once in a year. A political forum for the heads of state of parliamentary republics and also some semi-presidential republics (as opposed to constitutional monarchies or countries governed by a presidential system) who according to the respective constitutions and constitutional conventions they may vary in their role from being significantly executive to largely ceremonial, it deals with questions and problems concerning the current state and future development of the EU as well as how to approach the challenges of globalisation.[1]

The name is derived from the small Portuguese town of Arraiolos, where the first meeting took place in 2003. Jorge Sampaio, then the President of Portugal, had invited the presidents of Finland, Germany, as well as of soon-to-be EU members Hungary, Latvia and Poland to discuss the consequences of the 2004 enlargement of the European Union and plans for a Constitution for Europe.[2]

Following the 2005 meeting, the seven participating presidents wrote a joint article titled "Together for Europe" about their conception of the European community. It was published on 15 July 2005 by Diena, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Gazeta Wyborcza, Público, Helsingin Sanomat, la Repubblica and Der Standard, leading newspapers of the respective countries.[3]

The 14th meeting of the heads of state of the Arraiolos Group was held in Riga, Latvia in 2018.[4] The 15th meeting was held in Athens, Greece in October 2019.[5]

Meetings and participants[edit]

The table shows which presidents participated in the various meetings.

# Date
Austria Bulgaria Croatia Estonia Finland Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Malta Poland Portugal Slovenia
1 17–19 October 2003
Arraiolos, Portugal[2][6]
did not participate not an EU member not an EU member not an EU member Tarja Halonen Johannes Rau did not participate Ferenc Mádl did not participate Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga not an EU member Aleksander Kwaśniewski Jorge Sampaio not an EU member
2 22–24 April 2005
Helsinki, Finland[7][8]
Heinz Fischer did not participate Horst Köhler did not participate did not participate did not participate did not participate
3 4–5 February 2006
Dresden, Germany[9][10][11][12]
László Sólyom Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
4 10–11 April 2007
Riga, Latvia[13][14]
did not participate Giorgio Napolitano Lech Kaczyński Aníbal Cavaco Silva
5 29–30 April 2008
Graz, Austria[15]
Valdis Zatlers
6 12–13 June 2009
Naples, Italy[16]
did not participate
7 8–9 April 2011
Budapest, Hungary[1][17]
Tarja Halonen Christian Wulff Pál Schmitt Bronisław Komorowski Danilo Türk
8 10–11 February 2012
Helsinki, Finland[18][19]
Andris Bērziņš did not participate
9 8–9 October 2013
Kraków, Poland[20][21][22]
did not participate Rosen Plevneliev did not participate Toomas Hendrik Ilves Sauli Niinistö Joachim Gauck did not participate Bronisław Komorowski Borut Pahor
10 29–30 September 2014
Braga, Portugal[23]
Heinz Fischer János Áder did not participate did not participate
11 21–22 September 2015
Wartburg and Erfurt, Germany[24]
did not participate Sergio Mattarella Raimonds Vējonis Marie Louise Coleiro Preca Andrzej Duda Borut Pahor
12 14–15 September 2016
Plovdiv and Sofia, Bulgaria[25]
did not participate did not participate János Áder Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
13 14–15 September 2017
Valletta and Rabat, Malta[26]
Alexander Van der Bellen Rumen Radev Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović Kersti Kaljulaid did not participate Frank-Walter Steinmeier Prokopis Pavlopoulos
14 13–14 September 2018
Riga, Latvia[27]
Sauli Niinistö did not participate
15 10–11 October 2019

Athens, Greece[5]

did not participate did not participate János Áder Michael Higgins


  1. ^ a b "Tagung der Arraiolos-Gruppe in Budapest" (in German). 9 April 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Foreign Policy Events, 13–20 October 2003". Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Gemeinsam für Europa". Der Standard (in German). 15 July 2005. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Nine heads of state will visit next year". Latvian Public Broadcasting English-language service. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Announcement regarding the 15th Informal Meeting of Arraiolos Group Heads of State in Athens". Presidency of the Hellenic Republic (in Greek).
  6. ^ "Press photo taken during the 2003 Arraiolos Meeting". Getty Images.
  7. ^ "Photograph of the participants of the "Informal Meeting of the Heads of State in Finland from 22 to 24 April 2005"". Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Fischer bei Fünf-Präsidenten-Treffen in Helsinki". Der Standard (in German). 23 April 2005. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Presseöffentliche Termine von Bundespräsident Dr. Heinz Fischer in der Woche vom 30. Jänner bis 05. Februar 2006" (in German). Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Bundespräsident Horst Köhler mit sechs Amtskollegen zu Gast im Landtag" (in German). Landtag of Saxony. 5 February 2006. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  11. ^ Block, Simona (4 February 2006). "Gemeinsam für Europa in Dresden". Sächsische Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Staatspräsidenten werben gemeinsam für Europa". Handelsblatt (in German). 4 February 2006. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Acht Staatspräsidenten diskutieren in Riga über Europas Zukunft" (in German). 9 April 2007. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  14. ^ "European presidents meet in Riga". The Baltic Times (in German). 11 April 2007. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Acht Staatspräsidenten treffen Ende April in Graz zusammen" (in German). Kleine Zeitung. 28 February 2008. Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Teilnahme von Bundespräsident Dr. Heinz Fischer am informellen multilateralen Treffen in Neapel" (in German). 9 June 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  17. ^ "Presidents of the Arraiolos Group 2011". 8 April 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  18. ^ "Arraiolos-Treffen in Helsinki" (in German). 11 February 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  19. ^ "The President of Slovenia at the meeting of the Arraiolos Group". 10 February 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  20. ^ ""Arraiolos-Treffen" der Staatspräsidenten in Krakau" (in German). 7 October 2013. Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  21. ^ "Arraiolos Group meets in Krakow". 8 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  22. ^ "Nine Presidents Meet in Krakow". 8 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  23. ^ "Cavaco anfitrião de oito chefes de Estado em Braga" (in Portuguese). 29 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  24. ^ "Treffen der Arraiolos-Gruppe" (in German). 22 September 2015. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  25. ^ "Президентът Росен Плевнелиев ще бъде домакин на 12-ата Среща на държавните ръководители на страните от групата "Арайолуш"" (in Bulgarian). 13 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  26. ^ "Arraiolos Malta 2017 (official website)". 15 September 2017. Archived from the original on 14 September 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  27. ^ "The Presidents of the EU Member States will discuss the future of Europe for two days in Latvia". Website of the President of Latvia. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2018.