Meetings in Sweden during the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2023
Approximately 150 EU meetings will be held in Sweden during the Swedish Presidency in the first half of 2023. Around 35 will be held in locations outside of the Stockholm region, from Kiruna in the north to Malmö in the south.
The official calendar
On the Swedish Presidency website you can find the official calendar for the meetings that will be held during the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Most meetings to be held in Arlandastad
Most of the approximately 150 meetings in Sweden during the Swedish Presidency will be held at Scandinavian XPO, a convention centre in Arlandastad outside of Stockholm. These will range from informal meetings in the EU Council of Ministers, to high-level meetings, to conferences and meetings of officials from all over the EU.
Organising most of the meetings in the same venue in the Stockholm area has several advantages. The meeting venues are large and flexible, which facilitates holding parallel meetings and adapting the spaces to different meetings’ needs. Thanks to the proximity to Arlanda Airport, delegates’ travel time after arrival and before departure will be short. It also reduces the impact on traffic and the general public, and minimises measures and resources required from responsible authorities.
The European Commission to visit Kiruna
According to tradition, the European Commission is invited to a meeting with the Government at the beginning of its Presidency to discuss relevant issues on the EU’s agenda. The Commission will be invited to Kiruna in January 2023 in conjunction with the Swedish Presidency. The visit will provide an opportunity to showcase both the beautiful nature and the green industrial transition taking place in northern Sweden.
Meetings from north to south
In addition to the meetings in Arlandastad, some 35 meetings are planned during the Swedish Presidency in various locations throughout the country, from Kiruna in the north to Malmö in the south.
The locations have been selected based on local connections to each meeting’s theme. Examples of these themes include rural areas, forestry, fisheries and issues concerning research, customs and space. The locations have also been chosen for their geographical spread across the country.