Series AC/202 - Working Group on Economic Counter-Measures

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Working Group on Economic Counter-Measures


  • 1961 - 1962 (Creation)

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The AC/202 chronological series contains records of the Working Group on Economic Counter-measures. This group was established by the Council on 21 August 1961 (C-R(61)37) to examine the economic measures proposed by the Group of Four (United States, United Kingdom, France and the Federal Republic of Germany) further to the Soviet ultimatum of June 1961 (Berlin crisis). Consisting of members of the Political and Economics Committees, it was chaired jointly by the Chairmen of both committees. Its full name was "Working Group on Possible Economic Counter-Measures to deal with the Berlin Crisis". The Group was assigned the following tasks: - to examine the various aspects of the economic counter-measures being contemplated by the four Powers; - to seek to assess the political and economic impact of the enforcement of a total economic blockade of the Soviet bloc, as well as such special economic counter-measures as may be appropriate to deal with various eventualities; - to consider the consequences which the application of these measures would entail for each NATO country, as well as the resources for avoiding or mitigating any unfavourable impact on these countries.The Group met twelve times between 25 August 1961 and 21 December 1961, at which time it was decided to submit its final report to the Council and terminate its work.

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The AC/202 series records contain information on measures involving civil aviation, the total embargo, partial economic counter-measures, assistance and co-operation between member states and the impact of these economic measures on the member states.

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The AC/202 series documents circulated by the Working Group on Economic Counter-Measures are arranged by type - Document (D), Note (N), Record/Summary Record (R), Working Paper (WP) - and then by year and number.

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The documents of the chronological series were circulated in both NATO official languages (English and French).

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