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The Bilderberg Association: charitable aims and activities

June 2, 2013

The Bilderberg Association is a UK charity registered with the Charity Commission. Charity number: 272706. According to the official accounts, filed with the Charity Commission, the Committee Members “are trustees for the purposes of charity law”.

In 2006, there were two Commitee Members:

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According to the latest accounts (filed 31 March 2012) the three current Committee Members are as follows:

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The appointment of a Committee Member (to his UK registered charity) must be confirmed by the “International Steering Committee”:

Structure and management
The Association is managed by a committee of not more than three but no less than two
people. Any new member is appointed by the remaining members subject to confirmation
from the International Steering Committee of Bilderberg meetings.

The charity is governed by a constitution which was adopted in 1976, which – interestingly – is the one year since its inception that the Bilderberg has not held its annual conference (due to the Lockheed bribery scandal that engulfed its founding chairman, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands):

Governance
The Bilderberg Association is governed by its constitution which was adopted on 20 December 1976.

The “Specific objectives” of the charity are the same in 2006 as they are in the latest accounts:

The objectives of the Association are to promote the study of, and public education in international affairs, economics and the social sciences with reference in particular to political, economic and social problems affecting the democratic countries of North America and Western Europe and the effects of industrialisation upon the social structures and environments of such countries.

So, to promote “public eduction” is the charity’s goal. But how? The “Activities” of the charity are the same in 2006 as they are in 2012:

Activities
In furtherance of these objectives the International Steering Committee organises conferences and meetings in the UK and elsewhere and disseminates the results thereof by preparing and publishing reports of such conferences and meetings and by other means.

A small secretariat (Bilderberg Meetings) based in the Netherlands carries out the administration for the International Steering Committee and the publication of the meetings’ reports and the Association makes annual contributions towards this. The Association is not required to make a contribution towards the cost ofthe secretariat in the year in which the conference is held in the UK.

The hospitality costs of the annual meetings are the responsibility of the Steering Committee member of the host country. The Association provides funds for the conferences when they are held in the UK. Funds are also provided for the travel costs of some UK participants to attend the meetings.

So, “public education” is achieved by holding “conferences and meetings in the UK and elsewhere” (note the plural – conferences and meetings) after which the charity “disseminates the results thereof by preparing reports of such conferences and meetings”. Although it’s not made entirely clear how these results are disseminated, seeing as how they’re not disseminated.

The secretariat “Bilderberg Meetings” handles “the publication of the meetings’ reports and the Association makes annual contributions towards this.” So the charity does contribute towards the “publication” of these reports, although the “public” never see these “publications”. Despite being educated by them.

As for the annual conference:

The hospitality costs of the annual meetings are the responsibility of the Steering Committee member of the host country. The Association provides funds for the conferences when they are held in the UK. Funds are also provided for the travel costs of some UK participants to attend the meetings.

“The responsibility of the Steering Committee member of the host country” means, for the Bilderberg Association, at least since 2006, Kenneth Clarke MP. As for “the hospitality costs of the annual meetings”, they must be astronomical. Does “hospitality” include “security”? Or is that covered in the next section – under “considerable costs”?

“The charity aims to continue to increase reserves in order to meet the considerable costs of the Annual Conference when it is next held in the UK.”

Which is the Grove Hotel, Watford, June 6-9.

But where did the money come from?