Among around 140 participants from 22 countries, according to the participants’ list published by the Bilderberg Group, the three Greeks to attend the forthcoming gathering are:
- Alexandra Mitsotaki – Chair, ActionAid Hellas
- George Zanias – Chairman of the Board, National Bank of Greece
- Loukas Tsoukalis – President, Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and a member of the Bilderberg Group’s Steering Commitee
Founded in 1954, Bilderberg says it is an annual conference designed “to foster dialogue between Europe and North America”. Every year, between 120-150 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media are invited to the conference.
The conference claims to be “a forum for informal discussions about megatrends and major issues facing the world”. The meetings are held under rules stating “that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor of any other participant may be revealed”.
The group says its meetings have “no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued”.
Key topics for discussion at the 2014 meeting are likely to include:
- Is the economic recovery sustainable?
- Who will pay for the demographics?
- Does privacy exist?
- How special is the relationship in intelligence sharing?
- Big shifts in technology and jobs
- The future of democracy and the middle class trap
- China’s political and economic outlook
- The new architecture of the Middle East
- What next for Europe?
- Current events