The lecture and a series of questions from the audience were followed by an extremely fruitful round table, where social democratic views on key domestic and global issues were highlighted. The discussion took place constructively, with an emphasis on the presentation of solutions and positive stories that social democracy can offer to improve life.
Tanja Fajon, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, shed light on key issues in the Security Council, including the events in Gaza and Israel and the situation in Ukraine. She emphasized the importance of strengthening economic diplomacy and the related role of Slovenia in the world. She placed special emphasis on feminist foreign policy as a key element in shaping international relations and ensuring peace in a world where (at least) 55 armed conflicts are currently raging.
Aleksander Jevšek, Minister of Cohesion and Regional Development, discussed the perspective of European cohesion, the possible expansion of the EU and the related need to renew the cohesion policy. He focused on the green transition and the question of how successful we are in this effort. He also emphasized the need to ensure the resilience and stability of the EU, especially in relation to the US and China.
Matjaž Nemec, MEP, assessed the mandate of the European Parliament, which ends this year. He mentioned the fundamental achievements of S&D, such as the implementation of the minimum income at the European level, and addressed the situation of people in border regions and the state of democracy in the EU. He warned of the danger of populism, but optimistically added that he believes that the citizens of the EU are aware of the historical experience of more than 70 years ago, and that he is sure that the achieved standards and guaranteed peace will not be easily surrendered.
Dejan Židan, an experienced politician and former president of the National Assembly, in his extremely persuasive speech, addressed the key challenges we face after the Covid-19 pandemic period.
One of the central issues he highlighted is the stability of supply chains. He drew attention to the vulnerability of current global supply chains and emphasized the need for their stabilization. He called for more effective cooperation between countries and sectors to ensure the uninterrupted supply of essential goods, even in the event of potential future crises.
In addition, he emphasized the importance of ensuring the country’s self-sufficiency and independence. He thoughtfully presented the need to diversify economic activities and promote domestic production of key goods. At the same time, he highlighted the necessity of creating a stable environment for domestic entrepreneurs and encouraging innovation. A special emphasis is, similarly to dr. Anja Kopač, dedicated to the need to establish an effective social dialogue. According to him, it is not right that the social (non)dialogue works like a battle in which one side wins one time and the other side wins the other. This is a mistake, it is necessary to talk and decide together.
The entire round table was characterized by constructive proposals and visions that can contribute to a better life in Slovenia and beyond. Social democratic views have proven to be key to the development of positive solutions to today’s complex challenges.