CEPI 2012

Congressional European Parliamentary Initiative

CEPI 2012 convened around the topics of the Eurozone crisis and agriculture policy.

In Brussels, fellows met with MEPs Dr. Christian Ehler, Paolo de Castro, and Matthias Groote. Fellows also met with Elizabeth Willocks, Head of Unit for DG Agriculture, and William Kennard, who then served as U.S. Ambassador to the EU. The fellows then held a series of meetings in Bruges, where they heard lectures on transatlantic policy and engaged in a historic tour of the city.

In Washington, D.C., the fellows met with government officials from the State Department, as well as private sector experts in risk management and commodity operations. Fellows also held a session with Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, who was then serving as Assistant USTR for Agricultural Affairs. Fellows also toured Congress, where they held meetings with relevant offices and committees, including the House Committee on Ways and Means. The fellows also toured the Pentagon and engaged in America’s favorite pastime--attending a baseball game.

2012 Participants

U.S. Congress

Michael Ahern Legislative Director Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)

Carlisle Clarke Professional Staff Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Agriculture Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS)

Sara Decker Legislative Assistant Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Tyler Frisbee Legislative Assistant Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Margaret Lawrynowicz Legislative Counsel Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Ted McCann Budget Analyst Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

Travis Moore Legislative Assistant Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA)

Jeffrey Siegel Senior Counsel Senate Committee on Banking Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD)

Warren Tryon Deputy Chief of Staff House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-AL)

Beth Zorc Counsel Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL)

European Parliament

Tilman Anger Policy Advisor MEP Wolf Klinz (Germany – ALDE)

Denis Guillerme Parliamentary Assistant MEP Michel Dantin (France – EPP)

Alejandro Olmos Marcitllach Coordinator for Spanish S&D Delegation ECON Committee

Rhiannon Price Chief of Staff MEP Kay Swinburne (UK – ECR)

Antonella Rossetti Policy Advisor MEP Paolo de Castro (Italy – S&D); AGRI Chair

Viktor Sata Policy Advisor for EPP Group

Leida Sergo Parliamentary Assistant MEP Marit Paulsen (Sweden – ALDE)

Emma Soto Renou Administrator AGRI Committee

Johannes Weber Parliamentary Assistant MEP Elisabeth Jeggle (Germany – EPP)

Johannes Woelfing Legal Researcher/Parliamentary Assistant MEP Sven Giegold (Germany – Green)

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