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Minister of Foreign Affairs prof. dr. Srdjan Darmanovic participated at the Bled Strategic Forum (BSF)

Minister of Foreign Affairs prof. dr. Srdjan Darmanovic participated at the Bled Strategic Forum (BSF)
Published date: 05.09.2017 18:00 | Author: MVP

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. dr. Srđan Darmanović participated at the Bled Strategic Forum (BSF), organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and the Center for European Perspective, in Bled, 4-5 September 2017.

The Forum was attended by the Deputy Prime Ministers and Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Moldova, the foreign ministers of Macedonia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Turkey and Malta, EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogerini and the EU Commissioner for Mobility and Transport Violeta Bulc. Also, the Forum was attended by the representatives of many Regional and International organizations (UN, UNHCR, IAEA, NATO, OECD, EEAC, EBRD, RCC, UFM), as well as representatives of the business sector, academic community, non-governmental organizations and media.

This year, the BSF under the title "New Reality", offered the opportunity to discuss modalities for adapting the changes in the global environment and promoting innovation and digital economy for a comprehensive and sustainable future.

The forum also exchanged views on a number of issues that are relevant to the region of the South-East Europe. Special attention has been paid to considering opportunities for improving economic cooperation, providing stronger infrastructure connectivity and achieving stronger coordination between the EU countries and the countries that are on that path. Also, the migration crisis and terrorist threats have been discussed, as well as the need for further implementation of the activities in the field of prevention and suppression of these issues.

In the context of the dynamics and challenges in the process of the EU integration of the countries in the region, the progress of Montenegro on the EU path has been commended, as well as its contribution to the stability and security in the Western Balkans.

An informal meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) and the Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Western Balkans Fund took place within the BSF.

At the SEECP Ministerial Meeting, Slovenia, as the Chair in Office, presented the priorities of its Presidency which will be focused on supporting European integration of the Western Balkan countries.

The meeting of the WBF Foreign Ministers was an opportunity for the official inauguration of the Western Balkans Fund based in Tirana. Foreign Ministers of the region welcomed the official start of the Fund's work, which represents the mechanism for further improvement of project-oriented cooperation in the field of culture and cultural heritage, science and research, the issue of youth and cross-border cooperation.

Minister Darmanovic, together with the counterparts from the Region, participated at the panel "Western Balkans: EU Enlargement – Is EU pretending the name of the game?" which was dedicated to the European integration of the region, relations between countries, the political situation in the EU and the functioning of numerous regional organizations and initiatives.

In the margins of the BSF, minister Darmanovic had bilateral meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Romania Teodor Melescanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta Carbel Abel, as well as meetings with the Secretary General of the Union for Mediterranean, Fathalah Sijilmasi, and the High Representative of the EU for Bosnia and Herzegovina (OHR), Valentin Incko.