Earlier this afternoon, several Heads of State started arriving in Malta for a high level meeting related to the agenda of the ‘Arraiolos Group’. The Arraiolos Group is composed of the Heads of State of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, and Malta.
The formation brings together Heads of State of European Union Member States, who do not have exclusive executive powers. The name of this group is derived from the Portuguese town of Arraiolos, which is where the Heads of State originally convened in 2003, composed of only six presidents at the time. The Group will therefore celebrate the twentieth anniversary since its establishment in 2023.
Malta joined the ‘Arraiolos Group’ in 2015 and hosted its first Arraiolos Meeting back in September 2017.