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20th G7 summit

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The 20th G7 Summit was held in Naples, Italy between July 8 to 10, 1994. The venue for the summit meetings was the former Royal Palace in Naples.[1]

The Group of Seven (G7) was an unofficial forum which brought together the heads of the richest industrialized countries: France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada (since 1976)[2] and the President of the European Commission (starting officially in 1981).[3] The summits were not meant to be linked formally with wider international institutions; and in fact, a mild rebellion against the stiff formality of other international meetings was a part of the genesis of cooperation between France's President Giscard d'Estaing and West Germany's Chancellor Helmut Schmidt as they conceived the first Group of Six (G6) summit in 1975.[4]

Leaders at the Summit

The G7 is an unofficial annual forum for the leaders of Canada, the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.[3]

Core G7 participants

These summit participants are the current "core members" of the international forum:[5]

Core G7 members
Host nation and leader are indicated in bold text.
Member Represented by Title
Canada Canada Jean Chrétien [1] Prime Minister
France France François Mitterrand [1] President
Germany Germany Helmut Kohl [1] Chancellor
Italy Italy Silvio Berlusconi [1] Prime Minister
Japan Japan Tomiichi Murayama [1] Prime Minister
United Kingdom United Kingdom John Major [1] Prime Minister
United States United States Bill Clinton [1] President
European Union European Commission Jacques Delors [6] President


The first night of the summit included a working dinner for the international leaders. The event was organized in the dramatic setting of Castel dell'Ovo at the waters' edge of the Bay of Naples.[7]


The summit was intended as a venue for resolving differences among its members. As a practical matter, the summit was also conceived as an opportunity for its members to give each other mutual encouragement in the face of difficult economic decisions.[4] Issues which were discussed at this summit included:


See also



  • Bayne, Nicholas and Robert D. Putnam. (2000). OCLC 43186692
  • Reinalda, Bob and Bertjan Verbeek. (1998). OCLC 39013643

External links

  • No official website is created for any G7 summit prior to 1995 -- see the 21st G7 summit.
  • G8 Information Centre
    • G7 1994, Delegations & Documents
Preceded by
19th G7 summit
20th G8 summit
Succeeded by
21st G7 summit
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