Category: BSF

Western Balkans Panel: It’s High Time for Region Join EU

The traditional high-profile panel on the Western Balkans at the Bled Strategic Forum (BSF) heard the participants note that it was high time for the countries of the region to join the EU as they were making serious progress, and that the EU should not forget about the region while dealing with internal issues. The…

Read Article →
Major Projects Ahead for New EU Commission, Panel Hears

The Bled Strategic Forum panel which explored the challenges that lie ahead for the new European Commission produced numerous major tasks for Ursula von der Leyen’s team, some of them specific and practical, other fundamental and strategic, such as the need to tackle climate change. Prof Enrico Letta, Dean of the Paris School of International…

Read Article →
Panel Debates Risks and Opportunities of Data Use

The seemingly boundless opportunities but also risks involved in data, which is reshaping the business environment and society in general, were outlined in the panel that was opened with a keynote address by European Commissioner for the Security Union Mr Julian King. The commissioner singled out trust as the key condition for using data for…

Read Article →
Education Key to Fighting Disinformation, But Requires Time

The panel Disinformation Campaigns – A Source of Instability in Eastern Partnership Countries focused on the practical aspects of disinformation, on the forms and practices panellists faced in their countries, and on potential ways of combatting it. Dr Mark V. Vlašič, Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University from the United States, pointed out that…

Read Article →
Gender Inequality Damaging, Men Must be Included in Debate About it

Gender equality conversations are perceived as unimportant, fashionable affairs by many. But most people realise this is not the case the moment they hear that the damage caused by gender disparity in global economy is 15 times as high as that the ongoing trade war is estimated to be causing, Ambassador Ulrik Knudsen, Deputy Secretary-General…

Read Article →
Protectionism Seen As a Source of Global Instability

The need for reform of outdated trade rules was highlighted as key in the panel on protectionism moderated by BBC News correspondent and presenter Guy De Launey. The debate showed different viewpoints, with speakers basically agreeing that the rules need to be updated in a way that would level the playing field. Historically, free trade…

Read Article →
Europe Should Turn Migration into Positive Narrative, Panelists Agree

Migration is a very complex issue which individual countries, especially those most affected such as Italy or Malta, cannot handle alone. But rather than focussing only on the negative aspects of migration, leaders, business executive and media should also stress the positive, agreed panellists of the debate (Re)sources on the Move. According to H.E. The…

Read Article →
NATO Strong due to Shared Values, but Profound Change Needed to Remain Relevant

The panel on the future of NATO at the Bled Strategic Forum looked at the challenges facing the Alliance 70 years after it was established. The need for internal transformation was highlighted, as was the need to look beyond immediate military threats if the organisation is to be fit to address increasingly complex challenges. Speakers…

Read Article →
Tax Them If You Can: Fiscal (Re)sources in a Globalised World

A fundamental reform of the corporate tax system, which was designed 100 years ago and is failing to address issues related to globalisation and digitization, is needed as soon as possible. The case to be made for this is not only ethical or political but also economic, heard the panel moderated by Mr Martin Sandbu,…

Read Article →
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Speaks About the State Of Human Rights

Ms Michelle Bachelet Jeria, who took over as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights last year in a period when human rights, including women’s rights, have been experiencing a push-back globally, spoke at the BSF about her take on a number of issues currently plaguing the world. The former president of Chile, ostensibly selected by…

Read Article →