Group of high ranking diplomats from the permanent representations in Brussels who assist the ambassadors in Coreper II in the preparation of compromises on EU legislation between member states. Established in 1975 and named after the group's first Italian president, Paolo M. Antici.
A similar working group has been established to help the substitute ambassadors in Coreper I and has been named the Mertens group after its first Belgian president, Vincent Mertens de Wilmars.
The Antici group also helps prime ministers during European summits and its members are normally the only civil servants permitted to be in the meeting rooms during these gatherings.
See also Coreper