- 1973 (Creation)
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The AC/291 chronological series contains the records of the Study Group on Financial Problems Arising from the Stationing of Forces on the Territory of Other NATO Countries. During the meeting of NATO Defence Ministers of 7th June 1973, the United States Secretary of Defence invited the Allies to reaffirm the principles of burden-sharing and to consider how they might develop a multilateral programme to assist the US in bearing the serious balance of payment deficits occasioned by the stationing of their troops in Europe. On 1st August 1973, the Council decided to establish a Study Group, firstly to consider the impact on the US defence budget of the stationing of US forces on the territory of its Allies in NATO Europe and, secondly, to suggest for consideration a range of multi-lateral measures to reduce that burden. It was also decided that the Study Group might later be authorized to study any similar problems brought to the Council’s attention by other countries (see C-R(73)47). The Study Group was given no formal Terms of Reference.
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The Study Group collated relevant background data and set out the possible options whereby other members of the Alliance might relieve the US burden, and more specifically bilateral negotiations between the US and Germany.
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The chronological document series created by AC/291 is arranged by type - Decision Sheet (DS), Note (N), Working Paper (WP) - and then by year and number.
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NATO publicly disclosed information is available for research and education purposes. Any commercial use requires the written permission of NATO. Please credit the NATO Archives should any documents be used for publication. Guidelines for the proper citation of NATO publicly disclosed information can be found on the NATO Archives website (http://www.nato.int/archives).
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This chronological document series has been issued in each of the two official languages of NATO, English and French.