High Level Committee on Financial Problems Arising from the Stationing of US Forces in Europe

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High Level Committee on Financial Problems Arising from the Stationing of US Forces in Europe

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Following the Jackson-Nunn amendment, Defence Ministers in their Communique of 7th December 1973 agreed to examine how the United States’ share of the NATO civil and military budgets and of the Infrastructure Programme might be substantially reduced. On 14 May 1974, Council agreed that a High Level Committee would be convened under the aegis of the Deputy Secretary General to study the financial problems arising from the stationing of US forces in Europe and the prospects for achieving a balance in multilateral expenditure programmes. This would entail assembling data on military procurement and exploring ways to revise cost-sharing formulas in the various NATO budgets. The High Level Committee met on two occasions and noted the progress achieved in the various fields, although no agreement was reached on the level or cost sharing formula of the NATO Common Infrastructure Programme. The High Level Committee agreed that it should continue to formally exist and that its reconvening would be at the discretion of the Chairman (see AC/293-DS/2). In its final report to Council, the Committee stated that the requirements of the Jackson-Nunn Amendment had been met.


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