In June 2013, TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex – prince Edward and wife Sophie – visited Slovenia. British Council co-organised the visit with the British Embassy and British Chamber of Commerce.
The visit showcased the UK initiative in Slovenia. The themes of youth enterprise and creativity, tying in with the Duke of Edinburgh Award, ran through the visit.
Among other activities, Prince Edward attended a business breakfast for 150 people, of which half were young entrepreneurs. The discussion focussed on challenges faced by young people in today’s economic climate. The panel which included Petra Majdič, former Olympic medallist, Mitja Okorn, film director and Miha Žerko, IT entrepreneur, had an energetic discussion with breakfast guests. The outcomes of the debate have since been examined at the Young Bled Strategic Forum in September 2013, which forms part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' flagship foreign policy conference.
Prince Edward noted points made by the panel and the 75 young participants, and drew on these in his speech, building on the content and humour of the debate, summarising key points and linking these to his main theme of how the Duke of Edinburgh Award helps to equip young people with skills beyond formal education in preparation for the workplace.