Have you ever wondered how many Heads of state addressed a formal sitting of the European Parliament? Plenary statistics show that 35 presidents, one vice–president, one king, one queen, one emir and one grand duke delivered a formal address to Members since 2004.
The same number comes from Georgia, Hungary, Jordan, Italy and Palestinian Authority, while leaders from other countries addressed the European Parliament only once.
Length of speeches
The average length of a speech was 33 minutes. The longest speeches were delivered by Mikheil Saakashvili (50' in 2006), Shimon Peres (49' in 2013) and Mahmoud Abbas (48' in 2009).
The shortest addresses belong to former Dutch Queen Beatrix (19' in 2004), Slovenian president Borut Pahor (19') and former Hungarian president Laszlo Solyom (24' in 2006).