The XVI meeting of the Heads of State of the "Arraiolos Group", also known as "United for Europe", will be held in Italy on September 15. The two work sessions, one held in the morning and the other in the afternoon, will take place at the Quirinale, seat of the Presidency of the Italian Republic.
The "United for Europe" Group or "Arraiolos Group" - which brings together the Heads of State of Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Croatia, Latvia, Hungary, Malta, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Finland - is named after a locality in the Portuguese hinterland where, on October 18, 2003, the Heads of State of Finland, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Portugal and Hungary met informally, at the invitation of the then Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio, to discuss current complex European issues. The heterogeneity of a format that brings together countries that are extremely diverse in terms of size, economic situation and geographical location was so well-received that, over the years, the group has gradually expanded to its current size. Italy has participated in the meetings since 2006, when they were organized in Dresden, and welcomed the Heads of State of the Arraiolos Group in Naples in June 2009.
A tentative programme of the meeting is enclosed below. An updated version of the programme will be available at a later date.
Followed by Family photo
11.15 1st working session
14.45 2nd working session
16.30 Press statements
17.30 Heads of State and delegations leave the venue
19.30 Return to the Quirinale Palace
20.15 Official Dinner
Working sessions will be closed to the media. For a detailed media programme, see below.
Official Media (1 photographer + 1 cameraman = yellow badges) must be registered together with the Delegation.
The Official Media will be able to cover the arrival, the Family Photo, the Press Statements, and the arrival to the Official Dinner.
Media outlets requiring accreditation for the coverage of the Press Statements - that will take place in the afternoon of September 15 - are kindly asked to send the following information, regarding each person to be accredited, to the e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org), or through the official website. Accreditations may be requested no later than August 25.
Name of the media outlet;
Name and surname;
Place and date of birth;
Nationality of the person;
Number and Issuance date of passport/ ID card;
Validity period of passport/ID card;
Contact number/phone and email
For organisational reasons, at the end of the press statements, the accredited media/press is kindly invited to leave the Quirinale Palace.
Please note that any request received after the deadline may not be processed.
RAI (Italian national television) will cover the broadcasting of the parts of the meeting open to the general press/media.
For information regarding the press, please refer to:
Press coordinator for the Presidency of the Italian Republic
Tel: +39 06 4699 2614 email@example.com
RAI RADIOTELEVISIONE ITALIANA (RAI) is the Host Broadcaster for the XVI Meeting of the Arraiolos Group, scheduled in Rome on September 15, 2021 at Palazzo del Quirinale. RAI will provide participating countries, broadcasters and press agencies with audio-visual material on the occasion of the Meeting.
Host Broadcaster event coverage
RAI will produce EBU News Exchange signals for the following events:
10.00 am: Arrival Heads of State ( Cortile d’Onore);
Exchange greeting with each Head of State (Salone delle Feste) ;
11.10 am : “Family photo”( Salone dei Corazzieri );
4.45 pm: Heads of State give Press Statements (Cortile d’Onore);
7.30 pm: Arrival to Palazzo del Quirinale for official dinner
Rai makes available EBU News Exchange signals with multiple audio channels:
Channels 1-2 international stereo sound,
Channel 3 in Italian language,
Channel 4 in English language;
RAI will also be providing a de-localized iframe for web links, one in English and one in Italian.
For any request. Contacts:
Tel: + 39 06 36863124; + 39 348 7302809; + 39 337 1125817
Production staff of Host Broadcaster