20160906 00723364On 5th and 6th September Bled hosted the 11th Bled Strategic Forum titled “Safeguarding the Future.” This year’s Forum was dedicated to current challenges that have shaken the foundations of our collective security as well as how to effectively respond to our common issues. While Forum addressed the issues of radicalisation, future of the EU and its pull factor for Western Balkan countries, energy geopolitics, human in addition to EU security, media coverage of terrorism and global water risks, was the business part of the Forum focused on the digital transformation of the society, smart cities concept, mobility and the future of automotive industry as well as security and sustainability in tourism. In spite of current events, the visit of Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu that spoke on Gradual Disintegration of the EU Political Orbit and a New Geopolitical Configuration of the Euro-Asian Space has also attracted much attention.

The Forum, which is organised jointly by the Ministry of Foreign affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and the Centre for European Perspective, was with more than 31 separate events, 136 moderators and speakers, as well as around 1000 participants, the biggest and most successful event in its history. Among others, the key forum participants were President of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Borut Pahor, Prime Minister of Slovenia, Mr. Miro Cerar, Speaker of the Senate of Canada, Mr. George Furey, President of the Republic of Croatia, Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Edi Rama, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Former President of the Republic of Slovenia, Danilo Türk and Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, Taleb Rifai.

Next year’s Bled Strategic Forum will be taking place on 4 – 5 September 2017, so do not forget to save the date!

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