6th G7 summit

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6th G7 summit
San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice
Host country Italy
Dates June 22–23, 1980
Follows 5th G7 summit
Precedes 7th G7 summit

The 6th G7 Summit was held at Venice, Italy between June 22 and 23rd, 1980. The venue for the summit meetings was the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in the Venetian lagoon.[1]

The Group of Seven (G7) was an unofficial forum which brought 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[edit]

The G7 is an unofficial annual forum for the leaders of Canada, the European Commission, France, West Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.[3] Japanese Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira suffered a fatal heart attack on June 12, only days before the summit; and his colleague, the Foreign Minister, led the delegation which represented Japan in his place. Others joining Foreign Minister Okita in Venice were Finance Minister Noboru Takeshita and the head of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.[5]

Core G7 participants[edit]

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

Core G7 members
Host nation and leader are indicated in bold text.
Member Represented by Title
Canada Canada Pierre Trudeau [1] Prime Minister
France France Valéry Giscard d'Estaing [1] President
Germany West Germany Helmut Schmidt [1] Chancellor
Italy Italy Francesco Cossiga [1] Prime Minister
Japan Japan Saburo Okita [1] Minister for Foreign Affairs
United Kingdom United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher [1] Prime Minister
United States United States Jimmy Carter [1] President
European Union European Commission Roy Jenkins [7] President


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]


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