Bled Strategic Forum 2021

Future of Europe

Bled Strategic Forum is the leading international conference in Central and South-Eastern Europe, which has, for the last sixteen years, been an inclusive platform bringing together a diverse structure of people from diplomacy, politics, business, private and public sector, and academia, in order to discuss Europe’s key challenges of the 21st century.

Central theme of 2021 edition of Bled Strategic Forum was the future of Europe and a call for increasing its resilience. Europe and with it the EU have been faced, over a relatively short period of time, with a number of difficult situations, ranging from financial and migration crises, Brexit and COVID-19 pandemic that have challenged the organization’s values and standards, but also decreased the level of trust in international law and organizations. It would therefore be fair to say that those experiences affect the social, economic and political structure of the world, Europe, the EU, its member states and every single individual. Tackling demographic challenges, investing in youth, R&D, digital and green projects, infrastructure, energy, digital connectivity and artificial intelligence is therefore an essential part of EU’s post-crisis recovery alongside with putting more emphasis on increasing its political power on the global stage and building strong partnerships with its allies.

Bled Strategic Forum 2021 was also one of the main events taking place during the second Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council, under the slogan “Together. Resilient. Europe.” Future of Europe, sustainability, digitalisation and Transatlantic relations are common key topics on which Slovenia and with it Bled Strategic Forum build and encourage dialogue.

The 16th edition of the Bled Strategic Forum under the title Future of Europe took place between 1 and 2 September 2021 in Bled, Slovenia.

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Representatives of Western Balkan media and civil society are joining a roundtable discussion on the margins of the Bled Strategic Forum, on 28 August

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BSF 2023 title announced

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Have a look at the recently released BSF 2021 Conference Report with the overview of the events, discussions, and issues tackled at the Bled Strategic Forum 2021 and Young Bled Strategic Forum 2021.


In 2006, the Bled Strategic Forum (BSF) was launched with a vision to bring together decision-makers from different fields, to encourage open debate on contemporary political, security and development challenges, and to search for new ideas and solutions.

Bled Strategic Forum is a project of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. It is organized jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and the Centre for European Perspective.

In all the years since, we have had the privilege of meeting many new friends and partners and have built new relationships in many different fields. The complex and interdisciplinary challenges of today’s globalised world require comprehensive solutions, which the BSF and its participants have never been afraid of bringing up and discussing. As such, the BSF gives a voice to differing positions, views and understandings of the topics that require the attention of the wider international community.

With the ever-changing global situation, the BSF remains determined to strive towards innovative thinking and forward-looking visions. It is our hope that the Forum will continue to grow, evolve and influence various policy agendas and solutions of tomorrow.


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