Bilderberg Group


GR Apollonos 40, Vari Voula Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece,                 Hotel Nafsika Astir Palace
22.04.-25.04.1993  Bilderberg
14.05.-17.05.2009  Bilderberg

about GR Iroon Politechniou 9, Zografou 157 72, Greece,                 Politechnioupoli/
Student protests in 1973 – military dictatorship               Scene of the Crime

17th November 1973 – Terrorism

after GR Andrea Papandreou 35, Athina 151 22, The Mall, Greece,         The Mall Athens/
20.01.2013 bombing                                             Scene of the Crime

Photo: Etienne Davignon, former president of the Bilderberg Group


Viscount Etienne Davignon

Curriculum Vitae

1959: Joins the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

1961 – 1965: Attache and then head of the cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Paul-Henri Spaak.
This was at the time that Belgium was backing the secession movement in Katanga and the rise to power of the future dictator of Zaire Mubutu. In 1961, the Belgian intelligence services assassinated independence leader Patrice Lumumba.[1]
Davignon played an important and active role in the Belgian campaign against Lumumba, a 2001 parliamentary enquiry concluded (“Parliamentary Committee of enquiry in charge of determining the exact circumstances of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba and the possible involvement of Belgian politicians”).

In 1970, he chaired the committee of experts which produced the Davignon report on foreign policy for Europe.

1974 – 1977: President of the International Energy Agency.

1977 – 1984: Vice President of the European Economic Community’s Commission and Commissioner for Industry.
From this post Davignon played an indispensable role in the formation of the European Round Table of Industrialist (ERT), a highly influential group composed of the leaders of 40+ multinational companies. Together with Volvo’s Pehr Gyllenhammar, Davignon drew up the first list of potential members, inside the Berlaymont building. Davignon personally recruited most of the members of the original group of ERT. The first associates of ERT developed the organisation’s agenda from inside Berlaymont, in the presence of Mr. Davignon.[2]

He was a member of the European Commission and was vice-president from 1981 till 1985.

1985: Joins Societe Generale de Belgique (which is not a part of the French Societe Generale).

1989 – 2001: After the take-over of Societe Generale by the Suez group, Davignon became the President of Societe Generale de Belgique.

1986 – 2001: Prominent member of the ERT representing the Suez-owned Societe Generale de Belgique.

2001 – 2003: Vice Chairman of Societe Generale de Belgique.

2003: Suez, the sole shareholder of Societe Generale de Belgique, decides to merge the company with Tractebel and form Suez-Tractebel. Davignon becomes Vice President of the new Suez subsidiary.

On 26 January 2004, Davignon was given the honorary title of Minister of State, giving him a seat on the Crown Council.

Het is the former Chairman of the Bilderberg Group.


Current directorships and offices held : Chairman of Compagnie Maritime Belge, Compagnie des Wagons-Lits, Recticel, Sibeka, SN Airholding and Palais des Beaux-Arts (Belgium), Director of Accor (France), Cumerio, Real Software, Sofina SA, SN Brussels Airlines (Belgium), and Gilead (United States).

Davignon is a crucial member of the Strategic Advisory Panel of The European Business Awards. He is a member of the Cercle Gaulois and a member of the Advisory Board of the Itinera Institute think tank. He is the chairman of the board of directors and of the General Assembly of the ICHEC Brussels Management School. He is also President of the Brussels “Friends of Europe”.

He is Chairman of CSR Europe, Vice-Chairman of SUEZ-TRACTEBEL (Belgium),  Member of the board of Suez.
According to the Suez website, Davignon holds 11,111 Suez shares, which are currently worth more than 350,000 euro.


[1] Belgium has officially apologised for this assassination: see for instance “Lumumba apology: Congo’s mixed feelings”,
Parliamentary Committee of enquiry in charge of determining the exact circumstances of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba and the possible involvement of Belgian politicians,
[2] Maria Green Cowles: “Setting the Agenda for a New Europe: The ERT and EC 1992″, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol.33, No. 4; December 1995, p.504-505 and Justin Greenwood, “Interest Representation in the European Union”, Palgrave – Macmillan, Hampshire and New York 2003, page 80.


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