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Day two of large-scale presidential pow-wow

13 European Union non-executive presidents continue informal talks today on the final day of the so-called "Arraiolos" meeting.

The heads of state enjoyed a gala banquet last night, but hopefully their heads are clear enough for a discussion titled “Europe After 100 Before” [sic] on "the future of the European Union and the role of citizens in shaping the future of Europe" to be held at Rīga Castle.

Later in the day there will be a press conference at which the presidents are expected to reveal the conclusions they take from their discussions.

Arraiolos is a small town in Portugal where the first such meeting took place in 2003. Subsequent meetings of non-executive presidents of European Union member states have been dubbed Arraiolos meetings. In 2017 the meeting was held in Malta. The Latvian get-together is the 14th such meeting.

It is not the first time Rīga has played host to the meeting: it did so previously in 2007.

At the conclusion of the meeting a statement was released by President Vējonis which you can read via the link below.


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