Bled Strategic Forum 2021

The Future of Europe in the limelight at the BSF

August 2021 Geopolitics

Jan Tomše


This year's Bled Strategic Forum starts on Wednesday, 1 September.

Over the years, the Bled Strategic Forum has evolved into a leading international conference in Central and South-Eastern Europe, offering a platform to express and contrast opinions on modern society and its future. The purpose of the event is to gather participants from various fields with diverse knowledge and encourage them to exchange views and seek innovative solutions to current and future challenges.

This year’s programme, which starts on Wednesday, 1 September, offers a variety of topics, including leaders’ panel Future of Europe – To stand or Withstand, where leaders and chiefs of different Europan countries and institutions – Andrej Babiš, Charles Michel, Andrej Plenković, David Sasooli, Aleksandar Vučić, Janez Janša and others – will give their take on the subject of the future of European association and collaboration.

Distinguished guests from political, entrepreneurial and social environment

Where do opportunities emerge for a post-pandemic recovery ? is the cue that will spark discussion within Wednesday’s afternoon panel, with speakers-experts in the field of finance and regulatory measures, including Litvana Pavlova, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, Klaus Regling, Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism, Andrej Šircelj, Slovenian Finance Minister, Boštjan Vasle, Governor at Bank of Slovenia.

The two-day event will host numerous other distinguished names from the political, entrepreneurial and societal environment, namely Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Belarusian human rights activist and an independent politician, Borut Pahor, president of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr Gordon Campbell, Head of Enterprise, Science, Applications and Climate Department, Directorate of EO Programmes, European Space Agency, Matthew G. Boyse, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Manfred Köhler, President, World Green Infrastructure, Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and many others.


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