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Minister Erjavec Officially Closes Bled Forum

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20120903_00384430Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec closed the BSF with a short address, thanking participants of the forum for inspiring and contributing to great discussions in the past three days.

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Bled Forum Highlights Need for EU Enlargement Process to Continue

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20120903_00384365The EU is facing a deep economic crisis, but this should not influence its enlargement processes. Countries of SE Europe, which are on the EU's doorstep, can reinvigorate the EU and strengthen the bloc, a Bled Strategic Forum panel agreed on Monday.

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PM Berisha Underlines Albania's Commitment to Reform and EU Integration

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20120903_00384326Albanian PM Sali Berisha addressed participants of the Bled Strategic Forum before lunch, taking them through Albania's history and pointing out that the country will celebrate the 100th anniversary of independence this year.

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Foreign Minister Erjavec Excited About Quality of BSF

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20120903_00384269Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec took stock of this year's edition of the Bled Strategic Forum in a special statement on Monday, expressing his excitement about the quality of the debates and the interest among the participants and the media.

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BSF Highlights Importance of Economic Cooperation for Afghanistan after 2014

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20120903_00384204Cooperation, especially in economy, will be crucial for Afghanistan after 2014 when most of the international forces leave the Central Asian country, agreed participants of the BSF panel entitled "Central Asia and Afghanistan after 2014."

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Panel Urges EU to End Discrimination Against Chinese Investments

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20120903_00384075The first panel of Monday's proceedings at BSF concluded that China was able and willing to invest in Europe but is still faced with discrimination and political obstacles even though the EU really has no choice but to embrace cooperation.

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BSF night owl session debates competitive advantages of champion companies

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20120903_00383963The Business Bled Strategic Forum night owl session entitled "Global Outlook from the Perspective of Europe's Hidden Champions" featured representatives of five "hidden champion" companies.

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President Türk Urges EU to Put its House in Order at BSF Dinner

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20120902_00383918Slovenian President Danilo Türk addressed the networking dinner at the Bled Strategic Forum on Sunday, taking the opportunity to urge the EU to put its house in order, be modest in its dealing with others and rethink its priorities so as to use its potential to the fullest.

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Panel on Arab Spring: Europe Must Gain Better Understanding

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20120902_00383826The BSF panel dedicated to the Arab Spring agreed that the changes that have swept across the Arab region brought on an immensely complex challenge, both for the region as well as for neighbouring Europe and other world powers. Europe must gain a better understanding of the region, and it needs to find the answer to the question of what it wants to achieve.

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Panel Warns of Pitfalls in Approach to Crisis

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20120902_00383752The Bled Strategic Forum panel "Crises and Beyond" highlighted on Sunday rising protectionism, failure to consider new approaches to resolving the situation and the neglecting of investment because of austerity as some of the perils in dealing with the crisis.

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Bled Strategic Forum: In search of a new paradigm

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20120902_00383527The BSF's central panel, entitled "Europe and the Reshaped Global Order," saw participants address challenges brought about and emphasised by the current economic turmoil. Mr Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), stressed at the outset of the debate that the world is facing a completely new, unseen set of challenges.

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Minister Erjavec Opens Bled Forum, Urges Trust in EU

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20120902_00383597Slovenian Foreign Minister Mr Karl Erjavec officially opened the Bled Strategic Forum on Sunday reflecting in his address on the EU's role in the changing international community and calling for trust in the joint European project.

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Business BSF debates present challenges and future sustainability

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20120902_00383463The business part of the Bled Strategic Forum began with an introductory address by Dr Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Professor Emeritus at the IMD Lausanne and Founding Director of the Evian Group, Switzerland. He stressed the current era is an era of immense suspense and uncertainty, where nothing is particularly clear, including the fate of the globalization processes. We need to get out of the mindset of extrapolation, and adopt a mindset of navigating the unchartered waters, Lehmann stressed, adding that a number things went wrong. The Washington Consensus was a dogma, and it is clear that globalisation lifted "some boats more than the others".

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OECD Chief Urges Commitment to Reforms at Business BSF

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20120902_00383456Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Mr Angel Gurria highlighted the crisis in the eurozone as the "single biggest downside risk" facing the global economy and called for a commitment to reforms as he addressed the first ever Business Bled Strategic Forum on Sunday.

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Young BSF Explores Ways to Bring Mediterranean Nations Closer

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20120901_00383335The Young Bled Strategic Forum concluded on Saturday with a panel entitled Europe and the Changes in the Mediterranean, which examined the effects of the Arab Spring on the region. Panel chair Mr Edward Mortimer, Senior Programme Adviser at the Salzburg Global Seminar and Former Chief Speechwriter and Director of Communications to the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, opened the debate by asking the panellists and the audience how Europeans see the other side of the Mediterranean, and how the nations across the sea see Europe.

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BSF Panel Debates Impact of the Internet Generations

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20120901_00383293The second panel as part the Young Bled Strategic Forum focused on the changes brought about by the advances and availability of the communications technology and its uptake by the young generations. The panel began with a debate on the so-called digital natives, the generation that grew up with the internet and on the internet. Moderator Ms Nataša Briški, Co-founder and Editor-In-Chief at Metina lista, underlined that these generations had gained worldwide recognition through events such as the Arab Spring, the riots in London and the Occupy movement.

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Young Bled Strategic Forum Opens with Debate on Unemployment and Migration of Youth from Western Balkans

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20120901_00383253The Young Bled Strategic Forum kicked off with a panel dedicated to job-motivated migration of the young from the Western Balkans. Panel chair Dr Erhard Busek, Honorary President of the European Forum Alpbach and Coordinator of the South East Cooperation Initiative, noted in his opening address that he grew up in a divided Europe, which has in recent years grown ever closer. He called upon the panellists to use the panel as an opportunity to explore the opportunities Europe offers.

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Bled Strategic Forum to host eminent politicians and business people from around the globe

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20110909_00298192Ljubljana, 31 August – The Bled Strategic Forum will open on Saturday, 1 September, with the Young Bled Strategic Forum. This year’s Forum – the seventh so far – organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and the Centre for European Perspective, is entitled ‘Europe and the Reshaped Global Order’.

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Media Accreditation Reminder

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20110910_00298494Ljubljana, 24 August 2012 – The seventh edition of the Bled Strategic Forum, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre for European Perspective, will be taking place on 2 and 3 September. Under the title Europe and the Reshaped Global Order, the conference will focus on the role of Europe in a changing international community, regional challenges in South Mediterranean, Southeast Europe and Central Asia, as well as EU-China relations.

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Media Accreditation Information

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fotkabsf-1The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia is organising, in partnership with the Centre for European Perspective, the Bled Strategic Forum. On 2 and 3 September, the seventh edition of the forum will bring together statesmen, politicians, representatives of the economy and experts focusing on future strategic challenges to address the European financial crisis and ways to boost economic growth, the Arab Spring, and developments in Central Asia and Afghanistan.

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