It is not purpose of the Bilderberg Meettngs to attempt to make policy or to recommend action by governments. The sole object of the meetings is to reach a better understanding of prevailing differences between the Western countries and to study those fields in which agreement may be sought. In order to attain thus aim, men of outstanding qualities and influence are brought together in circumstances where discussions can be frank and where arguments not always used in public debate can be put forward.
The discussions are so organized as to permit a broad and frank exchange of views. They are held conditions of strict privacy and neither the press nor observers are admitted. No resolutions are passed and no statements have to be approved by the participanß who are free to draw their own conclusions from the discussions.
Those invited to attend the Bilderberg Meetings are chosen from different nations and from all fields of public activity and include politicians and statesmen, diplomats, businessmen, intellectuals and leaders of public opinion. All participants attend these meetings in a purely personal capacity and the views they express are theirs and do not necessarily represent those of the organizations or parties to which they belong.
The various items on the agenda are mostly introduced by rapporteurs who have pprepared papers on the subjects. The documents are as far as possible circulated in advance of the meetings.
The eleventh Bilderberg Conference met at Saltsjöbaden near Stockholm on 18, 19 and 20 May 1962. It was first time the conference was held in Sweden. The previous meetings have been held in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Denmark, United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Switzerland and Canada. Seventy-seven persons from seventeen countries and international organizations attended.
The agenda Of the Conference was composed as follows:
I. The political implications for the Atlantic Community of its members’ policies the United Nations:
a) concerning relations with developing countries
b) concerning possible changes in role and authority of the United Nations.
II. Implications for the Atlantic Community of prospective developments:
a) in the European Common Market
b) in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
In the following text, the introductory reports and the views expressed during the debates are summarized.