Former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has been honoured with the Bled Strategic Forum Distinguished Partner Award, conferred by BSF and the Slovenian Foreign Ministry on prominent and engaged individuals who embody the principles espoused by Slovenia’s largest foreign policy event.
The presenter of the award, Ambassador Iztok Mirošič, spoke of individuals who are “a driving force of strategic thought, dialogue, progressive ideas for the mobilisation of the public, for the bettering of individuals, regions and the world, and thus also support and foster the ambitions, the mission and activities of the Bled Strategic Forum”.
Letta is presently the dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po in Paris and also the President of the Jacques Delors Institute. He served as PM, as minister in several governments, including as European minister. He was member of the Italian and European Parliament, chaired various think tanks, has been a strong supporter of EU enlargement and supporter of a strong and united EU in global affairs.
Ambassador Mirošič highlighted the close cooperation between Mr Letta and then Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek during the financial crisis, when they both served as new prime ministers. Ms Bratušek handed the award to Letta, hinting at the end of her speech that his return to politics would be greatly appreciated.
Letta for his part expressed his gratitude “for this great opportunity”. “I was here six years ago, that was different period. Now Europe is in a new mood … having new opportunities,” he said, while noting that Europe, a champion of peace and prosperity, should tackle its third “P leadership”, meaning its leadership in pessimism.
“Talks as we are having here are important to boost enthusiasm, ideas for the future,” he said, while noting that being oriented into the future was also a key source of his pleasure in working with his students.