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The young are the pillars of the world



We should open our eyes to the ideas of the young, as they can think outside the box. Photo: Špela Švab
According to an old Slovenian saying, the young are the pillars of the world. “We should open our eyes to the ideas of the young,” said the leader of this year’s Young BSF Simona Leskovar, as the young have visions and ideas and can think outside the box. At this moment, 35 young people from all over the world are having discussions within Bled Strategic Forum (BSF), which are divided into three linked sections: innovative entrepreneurial environments, going green and the internet, internet surveillance and the right to be informed. All the topics are connected by a discussion on the partnership of vision, i.e. trust and cooperation, which will also be at the forefront of the 10th BSF.

Unfortunately, many young refugees from the restless Middle East and other unstable parts of the world have no possibilities to present their point, no rights, dignity or opportunities to survive at home, so they are compelled to embark on a perilous journey to a better tomorrow. Europe must provide them with a new opportunity. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said, “Europe fails when fear prevails”. Also the message of Young BSF is similar: "No partnership without trust can give birth to visions of the future."

The awareness that the refugee crisis is a problem has always been present in Slovenia. Although our country has not come under the pressure of greater migration so far, it is preparing intensively for the arrival of refugees from the Middle East. The Prime Minister has said that the government was taking a humanitarian position on the issues. He believes it is important to provide all the humanitarian aid that the refugees need and to approach this “openly and without fear”, while taking care of our own citizens. At Thursday’s conference on the Western Balkans in Vienna, the Slovenian PM expressed the hope that a joint solution would be found at the European level, taking into account the principles of humanitarianism and solidarity, while considering the integration capacities of different countries.

The refugee crisis somewhat overshadowed the main themes of the summit on the Western Balkans, which focused on bringing the region closer to the European Union, infrastructure projects, integration in the field of energy and youth. Prime Minister Cerar urged the other leaders to ensure that past political decisions do not hamper the prospects and future of the young in the region.

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