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German presidency of the G7

10.06.2015 - Article

Germany assumed the presidency of the G7 at the G7 summit in Brussels at the beginning of June 2014.

Germany assumed the presidency of the G7 at the G7 summit in Brussels on 4 and 5 June 2014. On 7 and 8 June 2015, Germany hosted the meeting of the heads of state and government in Schloss Elmau. The summit provided an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to make progress on new international topics.

Family photo at the G7 summit in Schloss Elmau, 7 June 2015
Family photo at the G7 summit in Schloss Elmau, 7 June 2015© Bundesregierung/Gottschalk

G7 summit in Schloss Elmau on 7 and 8 June 2015

As president of the G7, Germany hosted the meeting of heads of state and government on 7 and 8 June 2015. The summit venue, Schloss Elmau, is situated in the Bavarian Alps, around 100 kilometres south of Munich.

Germany’s last presidency of the G8 was in 2007, when the summit was held in Heiligendamm.

Topics for Germany’s presidency of the G7

During the summit, the heads of state and government discussed the global economy; foreign, security and development policy; the UN conferences on international climate protection scheduled to take place in 2015 and the post‑2015 agenda.

Further key topics included:

  • marine environmental protection and resource efficiency
  • antibiotic resistance, neglected diseases, diseases associated with poverty, and Ebola
  • trade and supplier chain standards
  • empowering women as regards self-employment and professional training

In addition, the G7 countries discussed energy security, also within the context of the Rome G7 Energy Initiative, and continued the ongoing G7 process in the field of development policy, with a focus on food security.

Further information on the current presidency of the G7 is available on the Federal Government’s website on the G7 summit:

http://www.g7germany.de/Webs/G7/EN/Home_en/home_node.html

G7 foreign ministers meeting: 14 and 15 April 2015

Working dinner for the G7 Foreign Ministers in the European Hansemuseum Lübeck
Working dinner for the G7 Foreign Ministers in the European Hansemuseum Lübeck© Auswärtiges Amt/photothek.net

The G7 foreign ministers also meet on a regular basis to discuss foreign and security policy issues. The focus of these meetings is on current international challenges, such as the situation in the Middle East and the crisis in Ukraine, as well as on issues that affect foreign policy, such as combating terrorism and cyber matters. Crisis prevention in Africa and maritime security are key topics of the foreign ministers’ work during Germany’s presidency of the G7.

For information on the G7 foreign ministers meeting in Lübeck on 14 and 15 April 2015, please click here.

From the G8 to the G7

The Group of Seven (G7) regards itself as a community of shared values. It comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States. The European Union is also represented. Until 24 March 2014, the group included Russia and met as the G8. The Russian Federation assumed the G8 presidency as scheduled in January 2014.

As a result of the violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by the Russian Federation, the heads of state and government of the G7 decided to meet as such until it is possible to hold productive G8 talks once again. Germany assumed presidency of the G7 earlier than planned, after the G7 summit in Brussels on 4 and 5 June 2014 – its next presidency was scheduled for 2015. In addition to current political crises, the Brussels summit agenda was dominated by topics such as energy security, climate change, development issues and the state of the global economy. The members take it in turns to chair the group, rotating annually.

Declaration from the G7 summit in Brussels PDF / 101 KB

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