Trilateral Commission was first launched, the plan was for an equal number of members from each of the three
regions. The numbers soon began to grow, and ceilings were imposed about 1980. These ceilings have been raised
somewhat since then as new countries came to be represented in the groups.
Group includes members from Austria, Belgium/Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark,
Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. It now has a ceiling of 170
members which is divided into national quotas. Germany has a quota of 20; France, Italy, and the United Kingdom
each have a quota of 18; and Spain has a quota of 12. The remaining national quotas range from 6 to
for the North American Group is 120, including 20 Canadian members, 13 Mexican members and 87 U.S.
Group of 85 members expanded in 2000 to become the Pacific Asian Group and now includes over 100 members from
Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the original five ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines,
Singapore and Thailand), India, and the People's Republic of China. Triennium Participants from Hong Kong and
Taiwan have also participated. This group changed its name to Asia Pacific Group in 2012.
preserve the Commission’s unofficial character, members who take up positions in their national administration
give up Trilateral Commission membership. New members are chosen on a national basis. The procedures used for
rotation off and for invitation of new members vary from national group to national group. Three chairmen (one
from each region), deputy chairmen, and directors constitute the leadership of the Trilateral Commission, along
with an Executive Committee including 36 other members.
in The Trilateral Commission is by invitation only.
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