Étienne Davignon

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(deep politician, politician)
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Budapest, Hungary
Alma materCatholic University of Louvain
Member ofBilderberg/Steering committee, European Round Table of Industrialists, Friends of Europe, Gilead Sciences, Kissinger Associates, Le Siècle
PartyHumanist Democratic Centre
Belgian deep politician, EU commissioner, Bilderberg chairman, Egmont Institute president

Étienne Davignon is a deep politician, former chair of the Bilderberg Steering committee and president of the Egmont Institute.


After receiving a Doctorate of Law from the Université catholique de Louvain, Davignon joined the Belgian Foreign Ministry, in 1959, and within two years had become an attaché under Paul-Henri Spaak, then Minister of Foreign Affairs (a fellow Bilderberger-to-be who would later be NATO Secretary General).[1]

As chairman of Société Générale de Belgique, Étienne Davignon was a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists.[1]

Davignon later became the first head of the International Energy Agency,[1] from 1974 to 1977, before becoming a member of the European Commission, of which he was vice-president from 1981 till 1985. From 1989 to 2001, he was chairman of the Belgian bank Société Générale de Belgique, which is now part of the French supplier Suez and was not an arm of the French bank Société Générale, but a Belgian institution. He is now Vice Chairman of Suez subsidiary, Suez-Tractebel.[2]

He was/is on the board of Kissinger Associates, and has also been board member of Anglo American Mining, Gilead Sciences, ICI, Pechiney, Foamex, Fiat, BASF, Solvay, Sofina, Recticel, CMB, Cumerio, Brussels Airlines, BIAC, Petrofina, Bozar and others.[3]


Davignon attended many Bilderberg conferences (at least as far back as 1977) and took over from Peter Carrington as chairman of the annual Bilderberg conference in 1998, chairing until 2011.[4] He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.[5] He moderated the 1986 Bilderberg discussion on 'Current Events: Terrorism'.

Euro creation

Étienne Davignon stated in a 2009 interview that the Bilderberg group "helped create the euro in the 1990s"[6], a claim which is given credence by the leadership of the European Monetary Institute, the European Central Bank and by a leaked report of the 1955 Bilderberg meeting which mentions a desire for a single European currency.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/197221 April 197223 April 1972Belgium
Hotel La Reserve
Bilderberg/197419 April 197421 April 1974France
Hotel Martinez
Bilderberg/197722 April 197724 April 1977Imperial Hotel
Bilderberg/197821 April 197823 April 1978US
New Jersey
Princeton University
Bilderberg/198018 April 198020 April 1980Germany
Parkhotel Quellenhof
Bad Aachen
Bilderberg/198313 May 198315 May 1983Canada
Château Montebello
Bilderberg/198411 May 198413 May 1984Sweden
The Grand Hotel
Bilderberg/198510 May 198512 May 1985New York
Arrowwood of Westchester
Rye Brook
Bilderberg/198625 April 198627 April 1986Scotland
Gleneagles Hotel
Bilderberg/198724 April 198726 April 1987Italy
Villa D'Este
Bilderberg/19883 June 19885 June 1988Austria
Bilderberg/198912 May 198914 May 1989Spain
Island of La Toja
Gran Hotel
34th Bilderberg meeting
Bilderberg/199010 May 199013 May 1990New York
Glen Cove
Bilderberg/19916 June 19919 June 1991Germany
Steigenberger Hotel Badischer Hof
Bilderberg/199221 May 199224 May 1992France
Royal Club Evian
Bilderberg/19942 June 19945 June 1994Finland
The 42nd Bilderberg, in Helsinki.
Bilderberg/19958 June 199511 June 1995Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
Bilderberg/199630 May 19962 June 1996Canada
Bilderberg/199712 June 199715 June 1997US
Lake Lanier
Georgia (State)
The 45th Bilderberg meeting
Bilderberg/199814 May 199817 May 1998Scotland
Bilderberg/19993 June 19996 June 1999Portugal
Bilderberg/200124 May 200127 May 2001Sweden
Bilderberg/200230 May 20022 June 2002US
Westfields Marriott
Bilderberg/200315 May 200318 May 2003France
Bilderberg/20043 June 20046 June 2004Italy
Bilderberg/20055 May 20058 May 2005Germany
Bilderberg/20068 June 200611 June 2006Canada
Bilderberg/200731 May 20073 June 2007Turkey
Bilderberg/20085 June 20088 June 2008US
Bilderberg/200914 May 200917 May 2009Greece
Bilderberg/20136 June 20139 June 2013Watford
The 2013 Bilderberg group meeting.
Bilderberg/201429 May 20141 June 2014Denmark
Marriott Hotel
Bilderberg/201930 May 20192 June 2019Switzerland
Hotel Montreux Palace
The 67th Bilderberg Meeting
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  1. a b c "Étienne Davignon, President of CSR Europe". CSR Europe. Retrieved 30 January 2010.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  2. "Etienne F. Davignon". Forbes. Retrieved 30 January 2010.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  3. https://www.investigaction.net/fr/quand-etienne-davignon-refait-lhistoire-du-congo/
  4. "Inside the secretive Bilderberg Group". BBC News. 29 September 2005.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  5. "Steering Committee". bilderbergmeetings.org. Bilderberg Group. Retrieved 2014-02-08.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  6. https://euobserver.com/political/27778