- 1951 - 1952 (Creation)
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The AC/11 chronological series contains the records of the Working Group on Sharing Costs of SACLANT (Supreme Allied Command Atlantic) Headquarters. The Working Group was created by the Council Deputies on 22 August 1951 and given the task of finding a formula for sharing the costs of the SACLANT budget (D-R(51)63). The meetings were chaired by G. O. J. van Tets and attended by a representative of each national delegation. The Working Group held its first meeting on 18 October 1951 and met six additional times over the proceeding seven months. During the meetings the Working Group discussed how the costs of the SACLANT Headquarters should be divided amongst them. This proved to be a very contentious issue and there was considerable debate on the subject. Numerous proposals were made over the course of the meetings; some favoured grouping the nations by size, while others preferred to derive the contribution from GNP. The Working Group finally agreed, albeit with reservations, to a method of dividing the costs on their last meeting on 4 April 1952.
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The AC/26 chronological series includes reports on meetings of the Working Group. During these meetings the Working Group discussed how to divide the costs of SACLANT Headquarters. This includes issues such as the method of dividing the costs, whether grouping the nations by size is best, or if the share should be derived from the capacity-to-pay principle. The formula used to share costs for SHAPE is also frequently mentioned.
The series also includes proposals submitted by nations on how to divide costs, as well as notices of next meetings.
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The records in the AC/11 series are assembled by type - Document (D), Record (R) and Note (N) - and then by 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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The documents of the chronological series were circulated in both NATO official languages (English and French).
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