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The Bilderberg Group, Bilderberg conference or Bilderberg Club is an annual, unofficial, invitation-only conference of around 120 guests, most of whom are people of influence in the fields of politics, banking, business, the military and media. The names of attendees are made available to the press. The conferences are closed to the public and the media and no press releases are issued.[1]

From the Bilderberg Group Meetings Site:

Brief History

Bilderberg takes its name from the hotel in Holland, where the first meeting took place in May 1954. That pioneering meeting grew out of the concern expressed by leading citizens on both sides of the Atlantic that Western Europe and North America were not working together as closely as they should on common problems of critical importance. It was felt that regular, off-the-record discussions would help create a better understanding of the complex forces and major trends affecting Western nations in the difficult postwar period.

The Cold War has now ended. But in practically all respects there are more, not fewer, common problems - from trade to jobs, from monetary policy to investment, from ecological challenges to the task of promoting international security. It is hard to think of any major issue in either Europe or North America whose unilateral solution would not have repercussions for the other.

Thus the concept of a European-American forum has not been overtaken by time. The dialogue between these two regions is still - even increasingly - critical.

Character of Meetings

What is unique about Bilderberg as a forum is:

  • the broad cross-section of leading citizens that are assembled for nearly three days of informal and off-the-record discussion about topics of current concern especially in the fields of foreign affairs and the international economy;
  • the strong feeling among participants that in view of the differing attitudes and experiences of the Western nations, there remains a clear need to further develop an understanding in which these concerns can be accommodated;
  • the privacy of the meetings, which has no purpose other than to allow participants to speak their minds openly and freely.

In short, Bilderberg is a small, flexible, informal and off-the-record international forum in which different viewpoints can be expressed and mutual understanding enhanced. Bilderberg's only activity is its annual Conference. At the meetings, no resolutions are proposed, no votes taken and no policy statements issued. Since 1954, fifty-seven conferences have been held. For each meeting, the names of the participants as well as the agenda are made Public and available to the press.

Participants

Invitations to Bilderberg conferences are extended by the Chairman following consultation with the Steering Committee members. Participants are chosen for their experience, their knowledge, their standing and their contribution to the selected agenda. There usually are about 120 participants of whom about two-thirds come from Europe and the balance from North America. About one-third are from government and politics, and two-thirds from finance, industry, labor, education, communications. Participants attend Bilderberg in a private and not an official capacity.

Bilderberg Meetings

Bilderberg 2010

Sitges, Spain 3-6 June 2010[2]

Reporters

Bilderberg 2011

The full official list of 2011 Bilderberg attendees:[3]

Belgium

China

Denmark

Germany

Finland

France

Great Britain

Greece

International Organizations

Ireland

Italy

Canada

Netherlands

Norway

Austria

Portugal

Sweden

Switzerland

Spain

Turkey

USA

External links

References

  1. Weekend break for the global elite The Guardian, May 25, 2001
  2. Bilderberg Meetings Bilderberg Meetings, 2010
  3. Bilderberg 2011: Full Official Attendee List InfoWars, June 10, 2011