German G8 presidency in 2015
In 2015 it will be Germany’s turn to assume the presidency of the G8, and thus to host the annual summit meeting of the G8 heads of state and government. Chancellor Angela Merkel has decided that the G8 summit is to be held at Schloss Elmau.
The summit offers an opportunity to address topical international challenges and to table or push ahead with concerns that are a priority for us in the international context.
Schloss Elmau is situated in the Bavarian Alps close to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and about 100 kilometres south of Munich. As a venue it meets all logistical and security requirements. The picturesque setting of Schloss Elmau will provide an attractive background for the talks and encounters of the heads of state and government.
Dates for the summit currently being finalised
In 2015 Germany will assume the presidency of the Group of Eight (G8) and will thus host the meeting of the heads of state and government of the G8 states: Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada (since 1976) and Russia (since1998).
The dates of the summit are currently the subject of consultations with the other G8 member states and will be announced as soon as they have been finalised. Germany last held the presidency in 2007, when the G8 summit was held in Heiligendamm in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.