Govor dr. Mira Cerarja ob današnji otvoritvi Strateškega foruma Bled
Dear Mr President, Prime Minister,
Excellencies and other distinguished guests,
Dr. Miro Cerar (Foto: Rade Bakračević, arhiv Štajerske novice)
It is my great pleasure to address you for the already fourth time here at the Bled Strategic Forum 2018!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organization team of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its tireless efforts to make this forum a trademark over the last decade.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The world has changed dramatically over the last few years. Economic order and strategic alliances we have known for decades suddenly came into question. Multilateralism is being severely challenged. Moreover, isolationism and political radicalism are on the rise.
All this is giving boost to growing individualism and divisions in our society. There can be no winners on this path. If we really care for the prospects of our countries, for the wellbeing of our citizens, for the future of Europe and world, we need to bring change.
Politicians sowing fear and divisions only for their own political agendas need to be confronted. Not by force, but by continuously stressing pure facts about the reality and promoting ethical and democratic values. It is time to remind ourselves that peace and prosperity are not simply given. That in challenging world of restless giants we can only survive if we are acting together and with sincere intention to provide for peace and sustainable development. Therefore, we need to continue with our efforts to bridge the divide and promote freedom, security and sustainable development goals.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
While finally experiencing steady economic growth, boost of investment and job creation all over Europe, one should expect that this would result in a raised optimism – from Lisbon to Helsinki, from Athens to Dublin – and thus empower the acknowledgement that Europe is fully on track again.
Unfortunately, we are not there yet. Instead, Europe has to deal with a range of important issues and make decisions in the forthcoming months. Including the one how to best deal with Brexit, about which Mr Barnier, our chief negotiator, will explain you more this afternoon. Decisions about the future of Europe that would stress yet again the true strength of the Union.
While finding the best solutions and deliver agreed decisions, I truly hope that – instead of arguing which country will benefit the most or which politician will get well payed top-job in Brussels – our focus will be on how to make the European Union better, stronger and more united. Only in this way we as Europe can be a true player in the relentless global arena, bridging the divides of our time.
I can assure you that Slovenia will continue contributing its utmost to these goals. We understand from the past where the divisions and absence of trust, cooperation, security and respect of the rule of law can lead to. Only in this way we will do our best for our people.
I wish you lots of good ideas and excellent staying in Slovenia.