8th G7 summit

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8th G7 summit
Chateau de versailles7.jpg
Palace of Versailles, the venue of the 8th G7 summit
Host country France
Dates June 4–6, 1982
Follows 7th G7 summit
Precedes 9th G7 summit

The 8th G7 Summit was held in Versailles, France between June 4 to 6, 1982. The venue for the summit meetings was at the Palace of Versailles.[1]

The Group of Seven (G7) is an unofficial forum which brings together the heads of the richest industrialized countries: France, West 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]

The 8th G7 summit was the last summit for German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, Italian Prime Minister Giovanni Spadolini and Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki.


Nancy and Ronald Reagan at the gala at the Grand Trianon.

These summit participants are the current "core members" of the international forum:[5][1][6]

Core G7 members
Host state and leader are shown in bold text.
Member Represented by Title
Canada Canada Pierre Trudeau Prime Minister
France France François Mitterrand President
West Germany West Germany Helmut Schmidt Chancellor
Italy Italy Giovanni Spadolini Prime Minister
Japan Japan Zenkō Suzuki Prime Minister
United Kingdom United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher Prime Minister
United States United States Ronald Reagan President
European Union European Community Gaston Thorn President of the Commission
Belgium Wilfried Martens[7] President of the Council


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]


See also


  1. ^ a b Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA): Summit Meetings in the Past.
  2. ^ Saunders, Doug. "Weight of the world too heavy for G8 shoulders," Archived 2009-04-29 at WebCite Globe and Mail (Toronto). July 5, 2008 -- n.b., the G7 becomes the Group of Eight (G8) with the inclusion of Russia starting in 1997.
  3. ^ a b Reuters: "Factbox: The Group of Eight: what is it?", July 3, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Reinalda, Bob and Bertjan Verbeek. (1998). Autonomous Policy Making by International Organizations, p. 205.
  5. ^ Rieffel, Lex. "Regional Voices in Global Governance: Looking to 2010 (Part IV)," Archived June 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Brookings. March 27, 2009; "core" members (Muskoka 2010 G-8, official site). Archived June 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ MOFA: Summit (8); European Union: "EU and the G8" Archived February 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Le sommet de Versailles". chateaudeversailles.fr (in French). Retrieved 27 August 2017.


External links

Coordinates: 48°48′17″N 2°07′13″E / 48.8048°N 2.1204°E / 48.8048; 2.1204

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