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Klaus Welle © F. Imhof  UNIL

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'.

House of European History - Brussels

On 6 May 2017, the House of European History was officially opened to the public in the beautifully renovated Eastman Building in the Parc Léopold, in direct neighbourhood to the European Parliament. Its exhibits are available in all 24 official European Union languages and entrance is free, offering a fascinating experience for all. Klaus Welle in his speech given at the official opening of the House of European History explains its idea, its implementation and the expectations towards this impressive project.

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.


Share your story on ‘My House of European History’ - The idea is to get individuals to share their personal stories about big historical events and thus to create a shared history...


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.

Eurobarometer of the European Parliament

The recent Special Eurobarometer of the European Parliament was dedicated to the perceptions and expectations of Europeans regarding the EU’s action. It was conducted in the 28 Member States of the EU from 9 to 18 April 2016. A massive majority of citizens would like the EU to intervene more in twelve important areas.

URBIS - Implementation studies' hub

Who knows about the European Commission Work Programme? Who develop ideas, initiatives and projects on the same topic at EU national, regional and social level? You can check with URBIS, the first on-line automatic repository for multi-level consultation on European projects.


The Secretary-General

The Secretary-General is Parliament's most senior official.  As his title implies. he heads the Secretariat.  The Bureau decides the Secretariat's membership and organisation.  The Secretary-General is responsible for Parliament's administration.  He is appointed by the Bureau under Rule 207 of the Rules of Procedure.


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