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2013 Bilderberg Conference

The 2013 Bilderberg Conference took place June 6–9, 2013, at The Grove hotel in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. It was the first Bilderberg Group conference to be held in the United Kingdom since the 1998 meeting in Turnberry, Scotland.

The Grove Hotel

The Daily Telegraph likened the annual conference to "a political version of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which draws members of high society to discuss business and the economy." A British Member of Parliament and former Bilderberg attendee quoted by the Independent on Sunday also likened the annual conference to the World Economic Forum, and said it was "...not that exciting, in fact it's a bit run of the mill".

Around 140 participants are expected to participate in the meetings annually. Attendance to the event is by invitation only. No delegates pay to attend the conferences, and no delegates attend by conference phone or satellite. The conference programme never includes entertainment or performances.

The confidential nature of Bilderberg led to criticism of the group's lack of transparency and accountability, along with concerns about potential lobbying. Outside the 2013 meeting, Labour MP Michael Meacher said, "If there is any conference which required transparency, which required democratic accountability, it is the Bilderberg conference because this is really where the top brass of Western finance capitalism meet ... including government ministers." Conservative MP Douglas Carswell was also concerned about the privacy of the meetings, by saying "...you would have thought the least our ruling elite could do is discuss these issues in public."

There has also been speculation from conspiracy theorists about the purpose of the meetings. The secretive approach to staging the conferences has led to the younger generation of Bilderberg attendees being uncomfortable with the policy of total media exclusion, as reported by the Independent on Sunday. A previous attendee told the Independent that he sympathised with "those who tell us the confidentiality policy only encourages the conspiracy theorists. It does."

Of the format and outcome of the conference, the Bilderberg website said, "There is no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued."

A Bilderberg Fringe Festival was held near the conference. The festival featured speakers, comedy, music, workshops, arts and entertainment.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, attended the conference on 7 June. Cameron attended in a private capacity and was not accompanied by civil servants, even though it is customary for the Prime Minister to be accompanied by civil servants when he meets business leaders.

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Journalists were banned from attending the event, with the exception of Lilli Gruber, although a press office was provided by the Bilderberg Group. The group is represented by a German corporate communications firm.

The meeting was well covered by the British media, with frequent Bilderberg writer Charlie Skelton noting the presence of Reuters, the Associated Press, Channel 4 News, The Times and the Press Association.

A list of key topics for discussion at the 2013 Bilderberg conference was published on the Bilderberg website shortly before the meeting. Topics for discussion included:

  • "Can the U.S. and Europe grow faster and create jobs?"
  • "Jobs, entitlement and debt"
  • "How big data is changing almost everything"
  • "Nationalism and populism"
  • "U.S. foreign policy"
  • "Africa's challenges"
  • "Cyber warfare and the proliferation of asymmetric threats"
  • "Major trends in medical research"
  • "Online education: promise and impacts"
  • "Politics of the European Union"
  • "Developments in the Middle East"

For the first time, a list of expected delegates was published by the Bilderberg Group.

A private security company provided security at the hotel; in addition, the Bilderberg Group agreed to contribute toward the policing costs of the event. The local police force, Hertfordshire Police, were in talks with the Home Office about a grant for potential "unexpected or exceptional costs". The grant is provided if the costs threaten the "stability of their policing budget". A combined force of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Cambridge constabularies prepared for the conference, with the assistance of specialist officers from the Metropolitan Police. Five rugby pitches belonging to the Fullerians RFC were hired by police for the duration of the event. The police operation for the Bilderberg conference was called Operation Discuss, and had been running for eighteen months prior to the start of the conference. The cost of policing was revealed after the conference to have been in the region of £1.3 million, with £500,000 having been offered to the police by the Bilderberg Group.

The mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, said that she had concerns that the conference "does attract people who can and do cause violence and disturbance" but was confident that the police will "be able to minimise that and give them their right to protest". She was additionally "ambivalent about whether this is a good thing. It's potentially a positive thing as long as things don't kick off."

  1. Rowena Mason (30 May 2013). "British taxpayers to pay 'millions' towards secretive Bilderberg meeting security". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved30 May 2013.
  2. James Cusick (21 May 2013). "Watch out Watford: Here comes the secretive Bilderberg Group". The Independent. London. Retrieved1 June 2013.
  3. "Current list of Participants". Bilderberg Group. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved4 June 2013.
  4. Matthew Holehouse (3 June 2013). "Osborne, Clarke and Balls to attend Bilderberg Group meeting". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  5. Charlie Skelton (6 June 2013). "Bilderberg 2013: friendly policemen, a press zone and the One Show". The Guardian. London. Retrieved6 June 2013.
  6. Meacher, Michael; Skelton, Charlie (11 June 2013). "Bilderberg 2013: The sun sets on Watford". The Guardian. London. Retrieved11 June 2013.
  7. "My brush with Bilderberg". New Statesman. 10 June 2013. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved11 June 2013.
  8. "Bilderberg Conference Watford 'Too Secret'". Sky News. 6 June 2013. Retrieved11 June 2013.
  9. Nicholas Watt (7 June 2013). "Bilderberg group summit: Cameron attendance at 'cliche fest' damned". The Guardian. London. Retrieved7 June 2013.
  10. "Bilderberg Meetings". The Bilderberg Group. Archived from the original on 4 June 2013. Retrieved3 June 2013.
  11. "The Bilderberg Fringe Festival - About". The Bilderberg Fringe Festival. Retrieved1 June 2013.
  12. Matthew Norman (31 May 2013). "The Bilderberg Group: Fiendish plots are a-hatching in Watford". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved1 June 2013.
  13. Matthew Holehouse (3 June 2013). "Bilderberg Group 2013 guest list and agenda". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved9 June 2013.
  14. Charlie Skelton (5 June 2013). "Bilderberg 2013: welcome to 1984". The Guardian. London. Retrieved5 June 2013.
  15. "Bilderberg conference: £1.3m spent on police costs". BBC News Online. 17 June 2013. Retrieved17 June 2013.

2013 Bilderberg Conference
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participants are expected to participate in the meetings annually 3 4 Attendance to the event is by invitation only 1 No delegates pay to attend the conferences and no delegates attend by conference phone or satellite 5 The conference programme never includes entertainment or performances 5 The confidential nature of Bilderberg led to criticism of the group s lack of transparency and accountability along with concerns about potential lobbying 6 7 Outside the 2013 meeting Labour MP Michael Meacher said If there is any conference which required transparency which required democratic accountability it is the Bilderberg conference because this is really where the top brass of Western finance capitalism meet including government ministers 8 Conservative MP Douglas Carswell was also concerned about the privacy of the meetings by saying you would have thought the least our ruling elite could do is discuss these issues in public 9 There has also been speculation from conspiracy theorists about the purpose of the meetings 2 The secretive approach to staging the conferences has led to the younger generation of Bilderberg attendees being uncomfortable with the policy of total media exclusion as reported by the Independent on Sunday A previous attendee told the Independent that he sympathised with those who tell us the confidentiality policy only encourages the conspiracy theorists It does 2 Of the format and outcome of the conference the Bilderberg website said There is no detailed agenda no resolutions are proposed no votes are taken and no policy statements are issued 10 A Bilderberg Fringe Festival was held near the conference The festival featured speakers comedy music workshops arts and entertainment 11 The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron attended the conference on 7 June 9 Cameron attended in a private capacity and was not accompanied by civil servants even though it is customary for the Prime Minister to be accompanied by civil servants when he meets business leaders 9 Contents 1 Press coverage 2 Agenda 3 Delegates alphabetical 4 Policing 5 References 6 External linksPress coverage EditJournalists were banned from attending the event with the exception of Lilli Gruber 3 although a press office was provided by the Bilderberg Group The group is represented by a German corporate communications firm 5 The meeting was well covered by the British media with frequent Bilderberg writer Charlie Skelton noting the presence of Reuters the Associated Press Channel 4 News The Times and the Press Association 5 1 12 Agenda EditA list of key topics for discussion at the 2013 Bilderberg conference was published on the Bilderberg website shortly before the meeting 10 Topics for discussion included 10 Can the U S and Europe grow faster and create jobs Jobs entitlement and debt How big data is changing almost everything Nationalism and populism U S foreign policy Africa s challenges Cyber warfare and the proliferation of asymmetric threats Major trends in medical research Online education promise and impacts Politics of the European Union Developments in the Middle East Delegates alphabetical EditFor the first time a list of expected delegates was published by the Bilderberg Group Paul Achleitner Chairman of the Supervisory Board Deutsche Bank Josef Ackermann Chairman of the Board Zurich Insurance Group Marcus Agius former Chairman Barclays Helen Alexander Chairman UBM plc Roger C Altman Executive Chairman Evercore Partners Matti Apunen Director Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA Susan Athey Professor of Economics Stanford Graduate School of Business Asli Aydintasbas columnist Milliyet Ali Babacan Turkish Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs Ed Balls Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Francisco Pinto Balsemao Chairman and CEO Impresa Nicolas Barre Managing Editor Les Echos Jose Manuel Barroso President European Commission Nicolas Baverez Partner Gibson Dunn amp Crutcher Olivier de Bavinchove Commander Eurocorps John Bell Regius Professor of Medicine University of Oxford Franco Bernabe Chairman and CEO Telecom Italia Jeff Bezos founder and CEO Amazon Carl Bildt Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Anders Borg Swedish Minister for Finance Jean Francois van Boxmeer CEO Heineken Svein Richard Brandtzaeg President and CEO Norsk Hydro Oscar Bronner publisher Der Standard Medienwelt Peter Carington 6th Baron Carrington former Honorary Chairman Bilderberg Meetings Juan Luis Cebrian Executive Chairman PRISA Edmund Clark President and CEO Toronto Dominion Bank Kenneth Clarke Cabinet Minister Bjarne Corydon Danish Minister of Finance Sherard Cowper Coles Business Development Director International BAE Systems Etienne Davignon Belgian Minister of State Former Chairman Bilderberg Meetings Ian Davis Senior Partner Emeritus McKinsey amp Company Robbert Dijkgraaf Director and Leon Levy Professor Institute for Advanced Study Haluk Dincer President Retail and Insurance Group Sabanci Holding Robert Dudley Group Chief Executive BP Nicholas Eberstadt Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy American Enterprise Institute Espen Barth Eide Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Borje Ekholm President and CEO Investor AB Thomas Enders CEO EADS Michael Evans Vice Chairman Goldman Sachs Ulrik Federspiel Executive Vice President Haldor Topsoe Martin Feldstein Professor of Economics Harvard University President Emeritus National Bureau of Economic Research Francois Fillon former French Prime Minister Mark Fishman President Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research Douglas Flint Group Chairman HSBC Paul Gallagher Senior Counsel Timothy Geithner Former Secretary of the Treasury Michael Gfoeller US Political Consultant Donald Graham Chairman and CEO The Washington Post Company Ulrich Grillo CEO Grillo Werke AG Lilli Gruber journalist Anchorwoman La 7 TV Luis de Guindos Spanish Minister of Economy and Competitiveness Stuart Gulliver Group Chief Executive HSBC Felix Gutzwiller Member of the Swiss Council of States Victor Halberstadt Professor of Economics Leiden University Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings Olli Heinonen Senior Fellow Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Harvard Kennedy School of Government Simon Henry CFO Royal Dutch Shell Paul Hermelin Chairman and CEO Capgemini Pablo Isla Chairman and CEO Inditex Kenneth M Jacobs Chairman and CEO Lazard James A Johnson Chairman Johnson Capital Partners Thomas Jordan Chairman of the Governing Board Swiss National Bank Vernon E Jordan Jr Managing Director Lazard Robert D Kaplan Chief Geopolitical Analyst Stratfor Alex Karp founder and CEO Palantir Technologies John Kerr Independent Member House of Lords Henry A Kissinger Chairman Kissinger Associates Klaus Kleinfeld Chairman and CEO Alcoa Klaas Knot President De Nederlandsche Bank Mustafa Koc Chairman Koc Holding Roland Koch CEO Bilfinger Henry Kravis Co Chairman and Co CEO Kohlberg Kravis Roberts Marie Josee Kravis Senior Fellow and Vice Chair Hudson Institute Andre Kudelski Chairman and CEO Kudelski Group Ulysses Kyriacopoulos Chairman S amp B Industrial Minerals Christine Lagarde Managing Director International Monetary Fund Kurt Lauk Chairman of the Economic Council to the CDU Berlin Lawrence Lessig Roy L Furman Professor of Law and Leadership Harvard Law School Thomas Leysen Chairman of the Board of Directors KBC Bank Christian Lindner Party Leader Free Democratic Party FDP NRW Stefan Lofven Party Leader Social Democratic Party SAP Peter Loscher President and CEO Siemens Peter Mandelson Chairman Global Counsel Chairman Lazard Jessica T Mathews President Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Frank McKenna Chair Brookfield Asset Management John Micklethwait Editor in Chief The Economist Thierry de Montbrial President French Institute for International Relations Mario Monti former Italian Prime Minister Craig Mundie Senior Advisor to the CEO Microsoft Alberto Nagel CEO Mediobanca Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands Andrew Ng co founder Coursera Jorma Ollila Chairman Royal Dutch Shell David Omand Visiting Professor King s College London George Osborne British Chancellor of the Exchequer Emanuele Ottolenghi Senior Fellow Foundation for Defense of Democracies Soli Ozel Senior Lecturer Kadir Has University Columnist Haberturk Alexis Papahelas Executive Editor Kathimerini Safak Pavey Turkish MP Valerie Pecresse French MP Richard Perle Resident Fellow American Enterprise Institute David H Petraeus General United States Army Retired Paulo Portas Portugal Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Robert Prichard Chair Torys Viviane Reding Vice President and Commissioner for Justice Fundamental Rights and Citizenship European Commission Heather Reisman CEO Indigo Books amp Music Helene Rey Professor of Economics London Business School Simon Robertson Partner Robertson Robey Associates Deputy Chairman HSBC Gianfelice Rocca Chairman Techint Jacek Rostowski Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Robert Rubin Co Chairman Council on Foreign Relations Former Secretary of the Treasury Mark Rutte Dutch Prime Minister Andreas Schieder Austrian State Secretary of Finance Eric Schmidt Executive Chairman Google Rudolf Scholten Member of the Board of Executive Directors Oesterreichische Kontrollbank Antonio Jose Seguro Secretary General Portuguese Socialist Party Jean Dominique Senard CEO Michelin Kristin Skogen Lund Director General Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise Anne Marie Slaughter Bert G Kerstetter 66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs Princeton University Peter Sutherland Chairman Goldman Sachs Martin Taylor Former Chairman Syngenta Tidjane Thiam Group CEO Prudential Peter A Thiel President Thiel Capital Craig B Thompson President and CEO Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Jakob Topsoe Partner AMBROX Capital Jutta Urpilainen Finnish Minister of Finance Daniel Vasella Honorary Chairman Novartis Peter Voser CEO Royal Dutch Shell Brad Wall Premier of Saskatchewan Canada Jacob Wallenberg Chairman Investor AB Kevin Warsh Distinguished Visiting Fellow Hoover Institution Stanford University Galen Weston Executive Chairman Loblaw Companies Baroness Williams of Crosby Member of the House of Lords Martin Wolf Chief Economics Commentator Financial Times James D Wolfensohn Chairman and CEO Wolfensohn and Company David Wright Vice Chairman Barclays Robert Zoellick Distinguished Visiting Fellow Peterson Institute for International Economics 13 Policing EditA private security company provided security at the hotel in addition the Bilderberg Group agreed to contribute toward the policing costs of the event 1 The local police force Hertfordshire Police were in talks with the Home Office about a grant for potential unexpected or exceptional costs The grant is provided if the costs threaten the stability of their policing budget 1 A combined force of Hertfordshire Bedfordshire and Cambridge constabularies prepared for the conference with the assistance of specialist officers from the Metropolitan Police Five rugby pitches belonging to the Fullerians RFC were hired by police for the duration of the event 2 The police operation for the Bilderberg conference was called Operation Discuss and had been running for eighteen months prior to the start of the conference 14 The cost of policing was revealed after the conference to have been in the region of 1 3 million with 500 000 having been offered to the police by the Bilderberg Group 15 The mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said that she had concerns that the conference does attract people who can and do cause violence and disturbance but was confident that the police will be able to minimise that and give them their right to protest 1 She was additionally ambivalent about whether this is a good thing It s potentially a positive thing as long as things don t kick off 1 References Edit a b c d e f g h Rowena Mason 30 May 2013 British taxpayers to pay millions towards secretive Bilderberg meeting security The Daily Telegraph London Retrieved 30 May 2013 a b c d James Cusick 21 May 2013 Watch out Watford Here comes the secretive Bilderberg Group The Independent London Retrieved 1 June 2013 a b Current list of Participants Bilderberg Group Archived from the original on 7 June 2013 Retrieved 4 June 2013 Matthew Holehouse 3 June 2013 Osborne Clarke and Balls to attend Bilderberg Group meeting The Daily Telegraph London a b c d Charlie Skelton 6 June 2013 Bilderberg 2013 friendly policemen a press zone and the One Show The Guardian London Retrieved 6 June 2013 Meacher Michael Skelton Charlie 11 June 2013 Bilderberg 2013 The sun sets on Watford The Guardian London Retrieved 11 June 2013 My brush with Bilderberg New Statesman 10 June 2013 Archived from the original on 15 June 2013 Retrieved 11 June 2013 Bilderberg Conference Watford Too Secret Sky News 6 June 2013 Retrieved 11 June 2013 a b c Nicholas Watt 7 June 2013 Bilderberg group summit Cameron attendance at cliche fest damned The Guardian London Retrieved 7 June 2013 a b c Bilderberg Meetings The Bilderberg Group Archived from the original on 4 June 2013 Retrieved 3 June 2013 The Bilderberg Fringe Festival About The Bilderberg Fringe Festival Retrieved 1 June 2013 Matthew Norman 31 May 2013 The Bilderberg Group Fiendish plots are a hatching in Watford The Daily Telegraph London Retrieved 1 June 2013 Matthew Holehouse 3 June 2013 Bilderberg Group 2013 guest list and agenda The Daily Telegraph London Retrieved 9 June 2013 Charlie Skelton 5 June 2013 Bilderberg 2013 welcome to 1984 The Guardian London Retrieved 5 June 2013 Bilderberg conference 1 3m spent on police costs BBC News Online 17 June 2013 Retrieved 17 June 2013 External links Edit in English Official website of the Bilderberg conference Bilderberg 2013 unofficial site Bilderberg Fringe FestivalRetrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title 2013 Bilderberg Conference amp oldid 1026666453, wikipedia, wiki, 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