Thursday, 4 October 2007

Bled Strategic Forum: EU 2020 - Enlarging and Integrating

The second Bled Strategic Forum, organized by the Center for European Perspectives in Bled/Slovenia, was dedicated to the question of future EU enlargement and the future of the EU integration process. The conference was held from 26 to 27 August 2007 and brought together high level decision-makers - mostly from the public and private spheres as well as academics -to discuss on the topic "European Union 2020: Enlarging and Integrating" and some major challenges the European Union is facing today such as energy and environment. The issues of global warming and energy security have been addressed as problems that concern not the EU alone, but will have to be dealt with on a global scale. Europe has a leading role in the fight to curb global warming, but much remains to be done and the participants posed the question whether an enlarged Europe has also become a management challenge.

The four panels of this year’s Bled Strategic Forum dealt with the following topics:
  • The Next EU Enlargement
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Global Preponderance
  • The Future of EU Integration Process
    • Two breakout sessions in the afternoon on 27 August focused on ”Economic and Political Trends in the South Caucasus and Central Asia: The Role of the EU and the OSCE“ and ”Turkey in Europe".

      The Conference Background Paper and some of the speeches can be downloaded from:


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