Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Bilderberg meetings and what are its goals?

Bilderberg is an annual conference designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America. The conference was established in 1954 as a forum for informal discussions, bringing together individuals who share an active interest in affairs relevant to the relationship between Europe and Northern America. The conference has one main goal: to foster discussion and dialogue. There is no desired outcome, there is no closing statement, there are no resolutions proposed or votes taken.

Who leads the Bilderberg meetings?

The Bilderberg meetings are led by the Steering Committee and the Chairman, currently Henri de Castries.

Who are the participants of the Bilderberg conference?

The participant's list changes from year to year and is published on this website. The Bilderberg conference has always represented a diverse mix of backgrounds, views, generations and genders. Participants take part in the conference as individuals in their own right.

What criteria do I have to meet, and what do I have to do to get an invitation for a Bilderberg meeting?

There is no application process. The key question is whether participants can bring an interesting perspective to the discussions. Participants are invited because they can offer a different point of view.

How does the invitation procedure work?

Steering Committee members propose invitees to the Chairman, who consults with the other members of the Steering Committee and decides whether an invitation is issued or not. There is always comprehensive discussion to ensure maximum diversity in background, views, generations and gender.

Are journalists allowed to attend – is there an accreditation procedure and how can I apply?

The meeting is closed to reporting journalists in order to encourage the highest level of openness and dialogue. As a result, there is no accreditation of journalists. Over the years journalists have attended à titre personnel.

With such high-calibre guests, why is there so little media coverage on Bilderberg?

The conference has never sought any public attention. An annual press conference on the eve of the conference was held for several decades up until the nineties, but it was stopped due to a lack of interest. However, the list of participants, main topics and the location are always published before each conference.

In today’s information society, and with so many of your participants regularly underscoring the importance of transparency in an open society, how can you justify imposing the Chatham House Rule on proceedings?

Participants are of course free to discuss the conferences and many do so every year. However, participants are asked not to quote each other. This is to ensure that the participants feel they can speak freely in an environment of trust.

How are the Bilderberg meetings financed? Do participants pay to attend?

Annual contributions by Steering Committee members cover the annual costs of the secretariat. The budget of the secretariat is limited to the costs of the conference. Participation is by invitation only and there is no attendance fee.

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