About CEPI 

The Congressional European Parliamentary Initiative (CEPI) program facilitates the exchange of ideas and experiences among senior staff of the U.S. Congress, German Bundestag, and European Parliament. It provides participants exposure to legislative processes, policy formulation, and political and institutional challenges in the United States and Europe.

CEPI 2019 will focus the digital economy. The transatlantic economy is increasingly digital. While e-commerce, digital services trade, and data flows are rising between the highly internet connected U.S. and EU, policymakers hold divergent views on topics like privacy and personal data use. For these reasons, the digital economy has remained a key transatlantic issue and the central theme in the CEPI program for two consecutive years.

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Program Agenda 2019

In 2019, CEPI participants will visit Washington, DC and Boston in the during the first week of the program from August 26 through August 30. The second week will take place in Berlin and Brussels during the week of September 30 through October 4.

In Washington, CEPI participants will meet with diverse, high-level stakeholders in the federal government, Congress, and civil society to discuss politics and policymaking and the digital economy. While in Boston, which recently topped Silicon Valley as the best American city for digital economy startups, participants will meet with industry professionals and academics to learn about the regulatory and legal challenges facing the transatlantic digital economy.

In Brussels and Berlin, CEPI participants will meet with officials from the European Commission and Parliament, the German federal government and Bundestag, and a wide range of industry and civil society stakeholders.

How to Apply

Individuals from the U.S. Congress, European Parliament, German Bundestag, and the tech industry are eligible for the 2019 CEPI program. For the duration of the program, travel, accommodation, transportation, and most meal and incidental costs of will be covered by the Bertelsmann Foundation.

Applicants should be in senior positions and have experience and expertise relevant to the digital economy. To apply, please submit a CV and a one-page statement of interest to Emily.Benson@bfna.org no later than May 28, 2019.


Emily Benson
Manager, Transatlantic Legislative Relations