Welcome to CEPI

Kaveh Sardari

2016 CEPI fellows in Washington, DC

Peter Lorenz

2015 CEPI fellows in Berlin, Germany

Kaveh Sardari

2012 CEPI fellows outside Congress

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2014 CEPI Fellows in front of the European Parliament in Brussels

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Photo: CEPI Fellows Talk Trade in Brussels and Berlin
Photo: 2012 CEPI fellows outside Congress
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The Congressional European Parliamentary Initiative (CEPI), the first program of its kind, is dedicated to forging a common trans-Atlantic political culture by facilitating better policy cooperation and best-practice exchange between the US Congress and the European Parliament through the staffer’s perspective. The program was established on January 1, 2010. The project is administered by the Washington, DC office of the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Brussels office of the Germany-based Bertelsmann Stiftung.

This joint initiative connects Congressional and EP staffers with similar policy expertise to provide them with a deeper awareness of the legislative process, and the political and institutional challenges, across the Atlantic. The program builds the basis for policy exchange and coordination on numerous legislative issues with a trans-Atlantic dimension.

The Congressional-EP Staff Exchange brings together ten Congressional staffers and ten EP staffers as Fellows twice a year (once in Washington, DC and once in Brussels, Belgium). Each gathering is a five-day series of seminars, talks and team-building exercises that leads to a greater understanding of the legislative process on both sides of the Atlantic.

In 2015, the program focused on trade and TTIP. In both 2013 and 2014, the program focused on two policy portfolios: trade and e-governance.