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, the German Bundestag and the European Parliament through the staffer’s perspective. The program was established on in 2010, and is supported in part by the German Embassy in Washington. The project is an important element of the Bertelsmann Foundation’s work in trans-Atlantic relations.

This initiative connects Congressional, Bundestag 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 exchange brings together 15 EP staffers as fellows twice a year (once in Washington, DC and once in Berlin and Brussels). 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.

The 2017 program is centered on cybersecurity. In 2016, the program focused on the migration crisis, and previous years covered issues such as trade and e-governance.