International Parliamentary Forum

International Parliamentary Forum

IPF is a platform for inter-parliamentary exchange for young professionals throughout Europe.

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The International Parliamentary Forum

Who are we?

We are four former scholars from the International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) of the German Bundestag from 2014 – Antoni Fournier (France), Jekaterina Grigorjeva (Latvia), Dren Ajeti (Kosovo) and, Joseph Verbovszky (USA). Already during the scholarship, we had decided to work together to promote and encourage a lively and productive cooperation between democracy and parliamentarianism. For this purpose we decided to found the International Parliamentary Forum (IPF).

What is IPF?

IPF is a platform for inter-parliamentary exchange for young professionals throughout Europe. Through the organization of conferences in national parliaments throughout Europe, IPF offers a space for debate about the interaction of parliamentary systems and democracy and promotes a deepening of understanding of the different European political systems among the participants.

Why IPF?

The European Union has brought innumerable benefits to its citizens. They can travel freely across borders, work and live where they want, conveniently use a common currency and ultimately choose freely how to live their lives. Nevertheless the citizens remain uninformed about the very the political system that has brought these benefits, along with its political, social and economic themes. This lack of knowledge about their own political structures and processes results in massive loss in Synergy and potential exchange between government and populace since it is precisely only through such a dialog between the governing and the governed, as well as among the various member states of the EU that solidarity and the strength of the EU could successfully built up.

It is particularly important that the young generation, since it is the generation of future leaders, to successfully understand their neighbors. The project, „European Youth Parliament“ was a step in this direction. We want to go a step further by offering young Europeans not only the chance to get to know neighboring parliaments with their systems of governance but also to engage in lively and constructive discussions about thematic topics affecting the EU. In this sense, we are building upon the guiding thought of IPS Program to teach diversity, tolerance and