30 Aug, 2023

ALDE Party Co-President at Bled Strategic Forum 2023

On 28-29 August, ALDE Party co-President Ilhan Kyuchyuk attended the 2023 Bled Strategic Forum in Bled, Slovenia. The Forum, with a focus on ‘Solidarity for Global Security’ was an opportunity to meet with other leading politicians, partners and stakeholders to seek innovative solutions to current and future challenges. 

On the margins of the Forum, co-President Kyuchyuk met with Prime Minister of Slovenia Robert Golob and emphasised the unity of the liberal family to tackle shared challenges such as humanitarian aid after the devastating floods in Slovenia. 

Co-President Kyuchyuk also met with Edin Forto, leader of ALDE Party member Naša stranka and Minister of Communication & Traffic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and LIBSEEN Coordinator Roman Jakič. Liberals continue to push for the integration of Southeastern Europe countries into the EU and NATO to ensure a stronger, safer and more prosperous region. 

European Council President Charles Michel opened the Forum by delivering a keynote speech in which he emphasized the importance of reviving the EU’s enlargement policy and setting out a view for the EU’s path to accept new member states by 2030. 

“The heart of enlargement is in my opinion not about processes, screenings, assessments, negotiations, treaties. The heart of enlargement is about people, about the future of our children, about the fate of Europe. So we need to make sure that we have the hearts of the people with us,” said President Michel. 

“This may be our biggest challenge. This involves explaining the EU, highlighting the benefits, and it’s a choice of society. It also means moving beyond the language of the past to focus on the future. With real political will, we can make both the EU and the future member states ready. Now is the time to be bold, the time to build our larger European future all together.” 

The Bled Strategic Forum has evolved into a leading international conference in Central and South-Eastern Europe. Its purpose is to gather participants from various fields with diverse knowledge to offer them a platform encouraging them to express and contrast opinions on modern society and its future.  

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