About the Franco-British Council
The Council organises a programme of specialised meetings on a variety of subjects under the broad headings of:
- environment, energy and sustainable development
- economic reform in the context of European developments and globalisation
- social cohesion and immigration
- culture including the arts, heritage and new media
The seminars bring together leading professionals who are encouraged to develop bilateral networks. The Council also publishes reports of the meetings, for the benefit both of the participants themselves and of policy makers in the two countries. A short story prize exists to promote France and French to a younger age group.
The aim is to promote better understanding between Britain and France and to contribute to the development of joint action through meetings of leading representatives of the worlds of culture, science, education, politics and business in the context of a developing Europe and of an increasingly globalised community.
Origins and status
The Franco-British Council was created, on the joint initiative of President Georges Pompidou and Prime Minister Edward Heath, when Britain joined the European Community. Its setting up was formally announced in a communiqué issued in May 1972 at the end of the State visit by the Queen to France.
Basic funding is provided by the two governments, but the Council aims to supplement this, for specific projects, with contributions from other sources. In its management of funds, the Council is guided by its Trustees, by its Memorandum of Understanding and by its charitable status, and is independent of government. Support for our work is always gratefully received.