MALTA 2017

The 2017 Arraiolos meeting will be held in Malta between the 14th and 15th of September 2017. It will be hosted by H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, the first President of Malta, and the first Female EU President to attend such meetings.

The Malta meeting, the thirteenth forum of the ‘Arraiolos Group’, will be the biggest meeting to date. Thirteen Presidents, representing (in alphabetical order) Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia, will be discussing the present and future of social Europe and the management of security challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

The Arraiolos meeting is a forum of non-executive, European Union Presidents.

The term ‘Arraiolos Group’ is derived from the small Portuguese town of Arraiolos, where the first meeting took place in 2003. Jorge Sampaio, the then President of Portugal, had invited the presidents of Finland and Germany, and of Hungary, Latvia and Poland, at that time still accession countries, to discuss the consequences of the 2004 enlargement of the European Union and plans for a Constitution for Europe.

Since the first meeting of 2003, other Arraiolos meetings were held in Helsinki (2005), Dresden (2006), Riga (2007), Graz (2008), Naples (2009), Budapest (2011), Helsinki (2012), Krakow (2013), Braga (2014), Wartburg and Erfurt (2015), and Plovdiv and Sofia (2016).

2017 THEME


At a time when Europe, like the rest of the world, has become more polarised on social-class and ethnic lines, ‘crossing borders’, the theme of the thirteenth Arraiolos meeting, is an invitation to the non-executive Presidents of the European Union to reflect on how Europe can rediscover its core social values, reclaim its social model and achieve higher levels of solidarity, fairness and inclusion.

With migration becoming the biggest stress test in this regard, the Presidents will explore how socially-responsible and ethically-driven governance at community, local, regional, and transnational level can help disenfranchised European citizens and marginalised residents border cross, socially and economically, to a more inclusive Europe.

Social justice, as the ultimate form of ‘hospitality’, will feature prominently as a basic condition for Euro-Mediterranean security, as the Presidents discuss cross-border mobility and the challenges posed by an asymmetrical and troubled Mediterranean region.


H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

President of Malta

H.E. Sergio Mattarella

President of Italy

H.E. Borut Pahor

President of Slovenia

H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

President of Croatia

H.E. Prokopis Pavlopoulos

President of Greece

H.E. János Áder

President of Hungary

H.E. Raimonds Vējonis

President of Latvia

H.E. Andrzej Duda

President of Poland

H.E. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

President of Portugal

H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid

President of Estonia

H.E. Rumen Radev

President of Bulgaria

H.E. Alexander Van Der Bellen

President of Austria

H.E. Frank Walter-Steinmeier

President of Germany


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Grandmaster's Palace, Valletta

Verdala Palace, Rabat

Mediterranean Conference Centre

Office of the President of Malta

The Palace, St George's Square, Valletta.


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