The event, co-financed by the European Commission and the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, represents a unique opportunity for young leaders from US- and EU-funded educational exchange programs to discuss some of the most important issues facing both sides of the Atlantic and to create strong, transatlantic people-to-people connections.

Since its inception, over 200 alumni of US- and EU-funded educational exchange programs have participated in the Young Leaders Seminar. Participants are chosen from current beneficiaries of the EU’s Erasmus+ and Marie Sklodowska-Curie programs or nominated by US Fulbright Commissions. Previous iterations of the seminar have focused on topics such as migration, the future of work, disinformation and media literacy, and the future of cities.

The fifth edition of the EU-US Young Leaders Seminar took place in person April 27 to 29, 2022, in Brussels and focused on “The Future of Democracy.” Participants examined threats to democracy and discussed upholding rule of the law, rebuilding trust in public institutions, and developing a diverse, digitally native civil service. As the 75th anniversary of the Marshall Plan approaches, participants were challenged to envision the future of the transatlantic relationship through their own Marshall Plan 2.0. 

The annual EU-US Young Leaders Seminar is co-organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, the US Department of State, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. 

This seminar is jointly funded by the EU Delegation to the US and the U.S. Department of State.

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2022 EU-US Young Leaders Seminar

If you have any questions, please contact Annika Vollmer at [email protected].

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