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Klaus Welle, Secrétaire général du Parlement européen, était l’invité de la Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe à l’occasion d’une conférence relative aux prochaines élections européennes qui auront lieu en mai 2019. Cet événement, qui s’est tenu sur le campus de l’Université de Lausanne, a été animé par Pat Cox, Président de la Fondation et ancien Président du Parlement européen. Dans le cadre de cette conférence, Klaus Welle a accordé un entretien à L'Uniscope, le magazine des étudiants de l'Université de Lausanne.


Quelle Europe voulons-nous ? Une question à laquelle il est plus que jamais nécessaire de réfléchir, à l'approche des élections européennes de 2019. Ce dialogue indispensable, le président français Emmanuel Macron nous incite à nous y engager tout comme le président du Parlement européen Antonio Tajani et le président de la Commission européenne Jean-Claude Juncker.


On 25th January more than 100 EU experts gathered in The Hague (Sociëteit De Witte) for the first 'State of the Union Conference 2018' - a high-level reflection on the future of the European Union. The gathering was organised in cooperation between the European Parliament Information Office in the Netherlands, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Clingendael Institute. Secretary-General Klaus Welle delivered during the closing session his speech 'Preparing Europe for the next 25 years'.

Dr. Jeffrey Anderson, Director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies, and Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament - Washington, D.C., 23 February 2017 <i>© Walsh School of Foreign Service</i>

The Walsh School of Foreign Service, in conjunction with the BMW Center for German and European Studies and the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, hosted a discussion with European Parliament Secretary-General Klaus Welle about the future of the EU given the ever-changing global context.


The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU hosted for two days a joint meeting with Members and officials of the European Parliament during the February 2017 plenary session in Strasbourg and dedicated itself to continue strengthening the transatlantic relationship. The Secretary-General Klaus Welle was among the invited gala dinner speakers.


On 29 September the Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels invited a number of high level speakers to a seminar on Europe Sovereignty in order to discuss recent issues and topics facing the European project. The Secretary-General Klaus Welle could share his opinion on recent changes and potential further developments of the European Union with the participants during the introductory part of the seminar.


‘Are the European Union and the United States becoming similar?’ – with this uneasy question and with an auditorium filled in with interested students as well as a number of excellent panellists of the LUISS School of Government, Secretary-General Klaus Welle has been confronted in Rome.


Klaus Welle introduced a free discussion with Master students of the Catholic University of Leuven on the occasion of their visit to the Seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.


On 5th and 6th February one hundred undergraduate and graduate students from universities across the USA gathered at the Yale School of Management to address some of the major challenges confronting the European Union during the European Student Conference (ESC2016). Klaus Welle was among the key speakers of that event. Please find the speech he delivered.


The 4th ESPAS annual conference took place on 12-13 November 2015. It focused on the Economic and Technological Revolution, one of the major aspects outlined by the ESPAS report “Global Trends to 2030: Can the EU meet the challenges ahead”. It was attended by more than 300 officials and experts. Key note speakers included the EP Vice-President Valcárcel Siso and the Commission Vice-President Georgieva. The Secretary-General Klaus Welle gave the closing remarks after the ESPAS chair Ann Mettler (EC EPSC) and together with Geneviève Tuts speaking for the Secretariat-General of the Council. Here are his closing remarks.

University College London

On Monday, 12 October 2015 the Secretary-General was invited to speak at a panel discussion at University College London (UCL). The event was organised by the College's European Institute as a part of the Britain & Europe series. These policy panels are part of a UCL project on the United Kingdom’s position towards the EU.

Klaus Welle during the panel at the at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

Secretary-General Klaus Welle participated at high level seminar at John Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He delivered a key note speech which was then discusses by professor Michelle Egan, professor at the School of International Service of the American University and professor Desmond Dinan, Professor of Public Policy and holds Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy at George Mason University.


The Secretary-General of the European Parliament contributed as a guest-speaker to a conference organised by the l'École nationale d'administration (ENA), the Pôle Européen d'Administration Publique and the European Institute in Kehl. This meeting took place as one of the many events organised in the framework of the much attended 10ème Rendez-Vous Européens de Strasbourg. Klaus Welle addressed the topic of the 'democratisation of the European Union' and, from his specific function, discussed the support needed at administrative level to make the process of the European legislation more effective and democratic.

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The Secretary-General Klaus Welle met with students of the Catholic University of Leuven for a presentation and discussion concerning the European Parliament’s role in the democratic system of the European Union. Mr. Welle was introduced to the master students of the programme of European studies by prof. Stephan Keukeleire, director of the master programme at the Leuven Catholic University.

Study conducted by the European Parliamentary Research Service (DG EPRS)

This paper offers a series of provisional estimations of the potential gains to the European Union economy over time from pursuing the ten-point plan presented by Jean-Claude Juncker to the European Parliament before he was elected President of the European Commission in July 2014.

Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the EP opening the panel discussion in the European Parliament's library on 'Cost of Non-Europe: A Route to Growth without Debt?' Panelists from left: Dr Thieß Petersen, Bertelsmann Stiftung; Fabrizio Coricelli, Paris School of Economics; Joseph Dunne, European Parliament, DG EPRS, Dr Marius-Cristian Frunza, Laboratoire d’Excellence Régulation Financière - European Parliament, Brussels, 10 October 2014

On the occasion of a panel discussion with leading economists, Klaus Welle, Secretary General of the European Parliament, explained why a new approach to impact assessment is needed and what are the benefits of returning to Cost of Non-Europe approach as at the time of the Cecchini report. He paid tribute to the work done by the European Added Value Unit within the Directorate General for Parliamentary Research Service (DG EPRS) and its academic partners such as ENA, Paris School of Economics, RAND Europe and Bertelsmann Stiftung.


To facilitate understanding of the Strategic Execution Framework SEF in the European Parliament context, the Secretary-General's presentation to DG COMM on 16 September 2014 was recorded and made available alongside with the SEF roll-out text.


The Secretary-General of the European Parliament was a guest speaker of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels. Klaus Welle used the opportunity to present twelve arguments to demonstrate why the election of the winning lead candidate as President of the European Commission by the European Parliament may bring positive changes in the European Union.

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A presentation on the recent EPRS publication ‘Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe, 2014-19’ was given by Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament, and Anthony Teasdale, Director-General of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC.

Study: 'Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe, 2014-19' - 3rd edtion

After conducting additional research this is a further update of the paper firstly published in March 2014. It is intended as a contribution to the growing discussion about the European Union’s policy priorities for the coming five-year institutional cycle, from 2014 to 2019.

External Environment

Klaus Welle, Secretary General of the European Parliament, introduced to DGs IPOL, EXPO and then to DGs EPRS, TRAD, INTE and INLO his Strategic Execution Framework for the European Parliament.


Klaus Welle delivered a key-note speech at the conference of the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Eurochambres) ‘What next for Better Law-Making in Europe? Getting the Quality and Quantity Right’. “For us, 'better legislation' should be the equivalent to 'total quality management', a concept originally coming from Toyota” began his address Secretary-General of the European Parliament.


Secretary-General Klaus Welle took part in a working seminar with officials of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt. On this occasion Mr Welle addressed the staffers from the ECB on on-going issues concerning further economic, political and administrative developments in the European Union in connection to the questions of democratic scrutiny in the framework of the arising Banking Union.


Klaus Welle addressed researchers, think tankers, scholars and officials at the seminar organised by RAND Europe in the framework of research work conducted for the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS). The ESPAS will publish next year a report on global trends as a result of work of researchers and policy analysts from the different EU institutions having joined forces for the first time.

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Klaus Welle addressed think tankers, scholars and officials at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) lunch talk after the recent publication of his final report Preparing for Complexity - European Parliament in 2025 - Going global, going local, going digital.

Vorbereitung auf die Komplexität – Das Europäische Parlament 2025 – Die Zukunft ist global, lokal und digital

Am 9. April 2013 legte Klaus Welle, der Generalsekretär des Europäischen Parlaments, dem Präsidenten und dem Präsidium des Europäischen Parlaments seinen endgültigen Bericht zum Gedankenaustausch zum Thema „Vorbereitung auf die Komplexität – Das Europäische Parlament 2025“ vor.

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The Secretary-General gave a speech at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) on the invitation of Daniel S. Hamilton, Executive Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University. Klaus Welle emphasised the rapid leap forward of economic integration in Europe, as a response to the crisis. He stressed the need to strengthen ties with the US in parallel in order to set global standards through regulatory and legislative cooperation.

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Klaus Welle, Generalsekretär des Europäischen Parlaments, traf auf Einladung der Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) in Strassburg mit Studenten der ENA zusammen und hielt eine Rede zu verschiedenen aktuellen Aspekten der EU. In der anschließenden lebhaften Diskussion beantwortete der Generalsekretär viele weitere Fragen.

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On 28 September, upon invitation of Mr. Christian Thimann, Counsellor to the ECB President and Counsel Coordinator to the Executive Board, Klaus Welle spoke on Democratic Scrutiny in the new Eurozone architecture during an in-house Seminar organized by the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

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Klaus Welle addressed 400 international scholars gathered in Passau University (Germany) for the 42nd Annual Conference of the UACES - University Association for Contemporary European Studies (London) held on 3-5 September about the evolution of the institutional setting of the European Union and the present challenges for democracy at European level. The UACES established in 1969 is considered the reference association for research and teaching on Contemporary European Affairs. It publishes the Journal of Common Market Studies, one of the most prestigious in this field.

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Asking questions about the future of the European Parliament and debating about the answers: How do we organise Europe to be one pole of the world? What is the role of the European Parliament in the institutional system? How is the European system evolving? What are the consequences for having the European Parliament as an organisation?


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