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14. 8. 2013

8th Bled Strategic Forum

Ljubljana, 14 August 2013 - This year's Bled Strategic Forum will be held between 1 and 3 September under the title 'A Changing Europe in a Changing World'. The event, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre for European Perspective, will host leading politicians, business and media representatives, academics and experts. The participants will be addressed by Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec, President Borut Pahor, who will also be hosting the main panel, and Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek.


Many high-level guests have confirmed their participation, among them Austrian President Heinz Fischer and Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, several foreign ministers, heads of international organisations, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay.


The regularly updated list of participants is available at:


Apart from the pressing issues and global challenges that Europe faces in the changing political and economic circumstances brought about by the economic crisis, special emphasis will be placed on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union.


In the light of the International Year of Water Cooperation, one of the panels will be dedicated to the issue of water scarcity in the Middle East and North Africa. Panellists will discuss the challenges of effective, joint and sustainable water management and regional cooperation, which can contribute to enhanced trust, security and stability.


The participants will also exchange views on the role of international criminal justice, while the closing panels are traditionally devoted to EU enlargement. The discussion will take place under the title 'The EU and Turkey – Where do we go from here?' and 'The EU and Western Balkans – After Croatia, who is next?'.


The Business Forum discussions will focus on business opportunities in the Russian and Central Asian markets. The night-owl session will also have an economic dimension, addressing the role of advances in high technology and technology development centres.


Part one of the Young BSF – The Clash of Gs – has already started. On 27 and 28 June, young professionals with diplomatic, academic and business backgrounds defined the challenges that young people face in the EU, and discussed the digital revolution and its impact on social changes and challenges brought about by the new rules of doing business. At the moment, opinions are being exchanged online. The discussion will be concluded on 1 September in Bled with proposed solutions.


Media representatives are welcome to attend the 8th Bled Strategic Forum. Journalists, photojournalists, cameramen, technicians and other media representatives will need accreditation to cover the event. Please register and apply at: