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2020 Bled Strategic Forum

Bled Strategic Forum 2021:

Future of Europe

31 August – 2 September 2021

Bled, Slovenia

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What is BSF?

A gathering of participants from various fields with diverse knowledge, encouraging them to exchange views and seek innovative solutions to present and future challenges. In addition, the Forum also offers a unique opportunity for meetings and networking with regional and global stakeholders.

A Voyage Through Time: BSF & World 2006–2020

BSF is a unique and inclusive platform bringing together participants from all facets of society. It builds on the lessons learned from the past and tries to give its share in shaping our common future.

— Peter Grk

Secretary-General

Announcing the 16th Bled Strategic Forum!

Since its inception in 2006, the Bled Strategic Forum has evolved into a leading international conference in Central and South-Eastern Europe.

The 16th edition of the Forum, held between 1 September and 2 September 2021, will be titled Future of Europe. Young Bled Strategic Forum will take place on 31 August and 1 September in parallel with the main event.

 

If you’d like to learn more about last years event, make sure to check out the official Bled Strategic Forum 2020 Conference Report here.

Bled Strategic Times

Bled Strategic Forum strives to give a voice to differing positions, views and understandings of the topics that require the attention of the wider international community.

In 2017, BSF offered another platform to give a voice to differing positions – the official gazette of the BSFBled Strategic Times.

The gazette Bled Strategic Times offers an additional platform alongside the Bled Strategic Forum to voice the positions on diverse topics to political leaders, thinkers, business representatives and academics.

 

The 2020 edition of the Bled Strategic Times can be found here

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Bled Strategic Forum 2021:

Future of Europe

Over a relatively short period, Europe and consequently the EU have been faced with a number of difficult situations, having lived through the financial and migration crises and Brexit. The direst of crises – the COVID-19 pandemic – still continues, affecting the entire world’s social, economic and political structure, Europe, the EU, its Member States, and every individual.

In these challenging years, the EU has been changing, adapting and transforming. It has adopted new measures, but its organization has remained the same. The latest health crisis caused by the pandemic has put the EU’s functioning to a critical test, both in Europe and at the global level: its responses are slowed down also as a result of the weakening trust in international law and international organizations, and at the same time, the world is observing an alluring illusion of the apparent greater efficiency of autocratic modes of governance.

Where – in this respect – do opportunities for the EU’s robust engagement at the global level, together with transatlantic and other like-minded democratic partners, lie?

How can we rise to the global challenges the free world is currently facing, including preparedness for crises – health, cyber or any other?

To be able to enforce its standards and values, the EU must build up its resilience to crisis and its own strategic and production sovereignty in the health, economic, social, defence and cyber fields. Post-crisis economic recovery can only be possible through an evolution of the economic model channelling investments into digital and green projects. Investing in knowledge, technology, R&D, infrastructure, energy and digital connectivity, and artificial intelligence is becoming part of the global competitive race. An important factor in determining the winner will also be the ability to come up with the right responses to the demographic changes in the EU and around the world. Furthermore, the European way of life and values demand prompt answers to the questions related to migration management, asylum policy, integration and the functioning of the Schengen system. And even more importantly, the understanding of another common European value – the rule of law – must be deepened.

The European way of life and the EU itself still inspire and attract many, both in Europe and beyond. However, the EU has competitors promoting different values. This is why it is vital to extend its influence and strengthen its external political power and capability to deal effectively with European and global geopolitical processes, particularly in its immediate vicinity – in the Western Balkans and its southern and eastern neighbourhood. And to reap success, the European Union needs a well-functioning transatlantic partnership.

 

So, what will the future of Europe be like?

 

This year, together with young people who will be living this future, we will seek answers to these questions at the Conference on the Future of Europe, the 2021 Bled Strategic Forum and the Young Bled Strategic Forum.

 


The 15th Bled Strategic Forum international conference took place on Monday, 31 August 2020 in Bled, Slovenia.  The conference was organised as a hybrid event, with a high-level segment taking place on-site while some discussions were held online. In addition to the familiar live-streamed sessions, a strong digital component opened the possibility of online participation allowing us to host speakers and participants who were unable to travel to Bled in person.

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