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).