WANTED’ – Identity parade of this year’s heavyweights! Approximately 100 participants from North America and Europe attended the discussions. The meeting was private in order does Enlargement Conceal Globalisation? : Location Issues in Europe PDF encourage frank and open discussion.
There is a strong perception in the public that enlargement is linked to the current competitiveness and fiscal problems faced by the » old » EU members. This « Note » argues that the relocation problems experienced in the EU15, which are often attributed to » unfair competition » from the new member states, are driven by deeper structural changes in the global economy. An analysis of EU international trade and investment is used in combination with industry case studies to assess the impact of global competition and enlargement on the location of production. Previous enlargements had allowed productivity growth through scale and competition effects among quite similar countries. The latest enlargement has on the contrary stimulated a process of vertical specialisation, with a more radical impact on the location of production. It thus represents a further pressure to structural change in a context of increasing global competition. Examples in the paper illustrate the process of value creation through value chain reorganisation and relocation of production within the EU and more globally. Whether the initially positive effects of enlargement on competitiveness and growth will be maintained depends on firms’ strategies and both national and EU structural policies.
Bilderberg takes its name from the hotel in Holland where the first meeting took place in May 1954. The cold war has now ended. But in practically all respects there are more, not fewer, common problems – from trade to jobs, from monetary policy to investment, from ecological challenges to the task of promoting international security. Thus the concept of a European-American forum has not been overtaken by time. The dialogue between these two regions is still – even increasingly – critical.
In short Bilderberg is a small, flexible, informal and off-the-record international forum in which different viewpoints can be expressed and mutual understanding enhanced. Bilderberg’s only activity is its annual conference. At the meetings, no resolutions are proposed, no votes taken, and no policy statements issued. Since 1954, forty seven conferences have been held. The names of the participants are made available to the press.
Chairman, IFIL – Finanziaria di Partecipazioni SpA. Protected from cameras by a canvas awning constructed around the entrance, the dignitaries arrived in chauffeur-driven limousines during yesterday afternoon, June 1st. Conspiracy theory and has no place in our movement. Federal Europe to form a « Fourth Reich ». It just seems they are being evasive to me.