Congressional European Parliamentary Initiative

Each year, the program convenes over a period of two weeks. The first week takes place in the U.S., where fellows meet with federal-level policymakers, stakeholders, and private sector representatives in Washington, D.C. The second half of the first week takes place in a U.S. city other than Washington. The second week of the fellowship, which occurs roughly a month after the first week, takes place in Europe and is divided between Berlin, Germany, and Brussels, Berlin.

Program Agenda 2020

In 2020, CEPI will convene this diverse transatlantic group for an exchange around the theme of artificial intelligence. The application deadline is April 15, 2020.

While the program has traditionally convened in Washington, D.C., Brussels, Berlin, and elsewhere, given the current circumstances, the program will shift to a virtual fellowship for the time being. In lieu of in-person meetings, candidates will participate in virtual meetings, debates, and social hours, partner on transatlantic writing components, and contribute to other digital content.

In virtual meetings crossing both sides of the Atlantic, CEPI participants will engage with diverse, high-level stakeholders in the federal government, Congress, industry, and civil society to discuss politics and policymaking related to artificial intelligence. Fellows will also liaise with representatives of the European Commission and Parliament, the German federal government and Bundestag, and a wide range of European industry and civil society stakeholders. The 2020 virtual program will kick off in July.

These combined experiences will help provide participants with tools to enhance policy formulation, deepen participants’ understanding of transatlantic legislative processes, and help build bridges to safeguard the long-standing friendship between the European Union and United States. Candidates selected to participate in the 2020 program will be invited to participate in-person as soon as circumstances allow.

The Bertelsmann Foundation will select nine government participants, evenly divided among the European Parliament, the German Bundestag, and U.S. state legislatures. The program will also include two participants from the U.S. and German private sectors (one from each country). The Bertelsmann Foundation will cover most costs associated with the program.

How to Apply

Applicants should be in senior positions and have experience and expertise relevant to artificial intelligence, technology, and digital affairs.

To apply or for additional information, please submit a CV and a one-page statement of interest to Bertelsmann Foundation Manager of Transatlantic Legislative Relations, Emily Benson, at Emily.Benson@bfna.org. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2020.

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