Transatlantic Cooperation Programs
According to its principles of offering a better understanding of democratic practices and values, in 1995 the Foundation for Pluralism
has initiated a partnership with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL)
, and in 1997 has established the partnership with The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
- Study visits for young political leaders with the American Council of Young Political Leaders
The Foundation for Pluralism has organized study visits in Romania for delegations of young American politicians in 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. They met with representatives of the Government and Presidency, members of Parliament and local officials.
They also had the opportunity to visit museums and special places, but more importantly to meet special people.
The “live” encounter with Romania and its people had an important impact for each of them, and the connections and relationships established during each visit were maintained and grew in time.
Delegations of young Romanian politicians were received by ACYPL in 1996, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012. the young Romanian politicians met with prominent American political personalities (the State Department, USAID, the Republican Party, the Democrat Party, governors, members of the US Senate and Congress) and with representatives of active civic organizations in the areas of minorities, human rights and environmental protection.
- Study scholarships awarded by The German Marshall Fund of the United States Marshall Memorial Fellowship
December 1997 to March 2009, The Foundation for Pluralism conducted annual selections of young politicians, journalists, businessmen and opinion leaders to be sent in a four-week visit to the United States.
FfP selected over 60 candidates, which gained first hand experience of the American values, culture and democracy through these study visits. Since 2001, these study visits are bilateral, and FfP organized the visit of an American Marshall Memorial Fellowship group to Romania each year. Since March 2009 the program is run by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation based in Bucharest.