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15th BSF to take place on 31 August

The 15th Bled Strategic Forum international conference will take place on Monday, 31 August 2020 in Bled, Slovenia. The conference will be organised as a hybrid event, with a high-level segment taking place on-site while some discussions will be held online. In addition to the familiar livestreamed sessions, a strong digital component of this year’s conference will open the possibility of online participation allowing us to host speakers and participants are unable to travel to Bled in person, and to stimulate virtual audience engagement.

The prime ministers of Croatia, Czechia, Hungary and Poland, and the president of Serbia have been confirmed as speakers at this year's Bled Strategic Forum, which takes place on 31 August. Half a dozen foreign ministers and the EU's foreign policy chief will also be among the panellists.

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša will host Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenković, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić for the leaders panel.

Foreign Minister Anže Logar will chair a foreign minister's session with Croatia's Gordan Grlić Radman, Czechia's Tomaš Petriček, Hungary's Peter Szijjarto, Slovakia's Ivan Korčok and Romania's Bogdan Lucian Aurescu. They will be joined by Josep Borrell, the EU's high representative for common foreign and security policy.

The president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, International Monetary Fund (IMF) director Kristalina Georgieva and Bettina Cadenbach, NATO assistant secretary general for political affairs and security policy, will address participants via video link.

The EU's special representative for Belgrade-Prishtina dialogue Miroslav Lajčak will attend in person.

The forum is normally a two-day event but this year the programme has been fitted into one day. There will be five in-person panels and two digital panels, compared to over 20 in the previous years.

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