Activities 

 
       

Lausanne  
 

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.

Paris  
 

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.

The Hague  
 

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'.

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.

Washington, D.C.  
 

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.

New Haven, Yale School of Management  
 

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.

Bruusels  
 

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.

Washington  
 

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.

Strasbourg  
 

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.

Rome  
 

In the context of the Inter-parliamentary Dialogue, Klaus Welle, the Secretary‑General of the European Parliament, addressed the Secretaries-General of the upper and lower Houses of the national parliaments of the Member States of the European Union on how to provide enhanced administrative support to the legislators throughout the complete legislative cycle, from agenda setting to scrutiny. The meeting was hosted by the Italian Camera dei Deputati in Palazzo Montecitorio and also attended by Secretaries-General of parliament of countries candidates to the European Union or associated with it.

Leuven  
 

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.

Brussels  
 

The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) and the European University Institute (EUI) organised jointly a conference upon the major changes, challenges and milestones the European Union was undergoing in 2014. The Secretary-General of the European Parliament evaluated the year 2014 in the European Union with his closing remarks contribution.

Houjarray  
 

On 1st and 2nd October, the President of the European Parliament gathered the Bureau and the newly elected Quaestors in Houjarray, France, in the Jean Monnet House for two AwayDays. On this occasion the Secretary-General and the relevant Directors-General presented to the new Bureau a set of documents outlining the state-of-play of the strategy at administrative level.

Brussels  
 

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.

Strasbourg  
 

From 9 to 11 May 2014, under the motto "Ideas for a better Europe", 5 000 young Europeans, aged between 16 and 30 years old, will come to the European Parliament premises in Strasbourg to discuss their vision for Europe in over 250 workshops, seminars and other formats organised by Parliament's services or by the EYE partners.

Brussels  
 

On 9 January 2014, the European Parliamentary Research Service EPRS Annual Meeting (EPRS - European Parliamentary Research Service) was addressed by Klaus Welle, the Secretary-General. DG EPRS will allow the Parliament to build up its in-house expertise explained Klaus Welle.

Brussels  
 

Klaus Welle, Secretary-General updated the Bureau of the European Parliament on the One-Stop-Shop for the Members. The One-Stop-Shop is a concept which main objective is to provide administrative and support assistance to the Members of the European Parliament at one location. The new service shall gradually function by beginning-2014 and to be fully operational after the European elections in 2014.

Brussels  
 

At the enlarged policy management team meeting (14 November 2014), Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament, commented on the purpose of the new Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Service, which was created by a decision of the Bureau of the European Parliament taken on 20 May 2013. Anthony Teasdale has been appointed the first Director-General of the Parliamentary Research Service.

Brussels  
 

From 9 to 11 May 2014, the European Parliament will open its doors to 5000 young people from across Europe. We will provide them with a unique forum by staging the "European Youth Event 2014" - or in short, the EYE 2014.

Speech  
Frankfurt am Main  
 

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.

Brussels  
 

The EP Secretary-General Klaus Welle gave a keynote speech at a recent seminar in the framework of ESPAS, organised by RAND, on global societal changes. Focussing on changes imminent for the European Parliament, Klaus Welle expects major developments for Parliament representing the Europe of Citizens in the areas of getting the European executive into place, improving European legislation and extending democratic scrutiny.

Luxembourg  
 

In an official ceremony on Monday, 9 September 2013, the foundation stone for the new Konrad Adenauer Building (KAD) in Luxembourg was laid by European Parliament Vice-President Alejo Vidal-Quadras and Claude Wiseler, Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.

Luxembourg  
 

With the support of the Luxembourg authorities, the KAD building project has been reset on a more cost-efficient basis with work beginning after the summer break.

Sytasbourg  
 

Recently an email updates system has been added to Parliament's website making it easy for anyone to follow Parliamentary activities.

Brussels  
 

Over thirty rectors and heads of interpretation institutes from within and outside the EU participated in the 2nd Rectors' Conference at the invitation of the European Parliament on 18 and 19 October 2012 in Brussels. The conference theme was "New technologies and education for multilingualism going global". In his opening speech, Secretary-General Klaus Welle gave the participants ten good reasons why they should send their best and brightest to work in the European Parliament.

Brussels  
 

The Secretary-General received congratulations from the Norwegian Ambassador on behalf of the European Parliament and its President on the award of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union. The Ambassador also offered congratulations to the European Commission and the Council.

Brussels  
 

Work on creation of the House of European History (HEH) is making headway. At the end of September 2012, Martin Schulz, European Parliament President met with Klaus Welle, Secretary-General and members of the HEH Board of Trustees and the Academic Committee. Final integrated planning documentation will be produced in the coming months with a view to completing renovations and extensions of the House of European History building in spring 2014.

Brussels  
 

On Sunday, 2 September 2012, following the discovery of cracks in the roofing of the Brussels Hemicycle, the Secretary-General discussed measures necessary for the temporary closure of Section A of the Paul-Henri Spaak Building.

Brussels  
 

The Secretary-General welcomes new administrators following their introductory training programme in the Jean Monnet House in Houjarray (France), a European Parliament venue dedicated to seminars and debates.

Strasbourg  
 

Introducing the Green Week of the European Parliament the Secretary-General recalls recent achievements in reduction of paper consumption and in more efficient waste management.

Strasbourg  
 

Klaus Welle: The European Parliament exercises a key influence on EU environmental legislation with an ambitious voice calling for EU leadership in the fight against climate change.

Brussels  
 

I see here, with you, the desire for discussion on legislative content in detail, for instance on trade, agriculture policy, global financial regulation and property rights. As you know, these are not traditional international relation issues. The need for upgraded bilateral relations between G20 country legislators is clearly a challenge for our organisations at a time of scarce resources.

Brussels  
 

The new Protocol on the Esplanade Solidarność 1980 allows for smoother decision-making and potentially for more involvement by the European Parliament in events organised in front of its most visible building on the Brussels landscape.

Brussels  
 

Klaus Welle: "Transatlantic relations are no longer just a foreign policy relationship. The only chance remaining for the United States and Europe to continue to set global agendas and standards in the multi-polar context is to work together to establish mutual legislative cooperation".

Brussels  
 

On the basis of discussions in the Bureau following EP President Martin Schulz's accession speech, the Secretary-General drafted a 10 Point Action Plan in line with the priorities set out by him. The Bureau meeting on 28 March 2012 was devoted to debate on this.

Brussels  
 

The pre-conciliation meeting on the Budget of the European Parliament 2013 took place on March 6th. The conciliation meeting took place on March 13th. Every year, members of the Bureau responsible for the Parliament's Budget try to reach an agreement with the Members of the Committee on Budgets that check the different lines of the Budget of the Union. The Secretary-General's role is to assist the Bureau in the preparation of the annual budget.

Brussels  
 

The European Parliament's new Visitors' Centre - the Parlamentarium - is open to the public since 14 October 2011. The largest parliamentary visitors' centre in Europe and the first to be fully operational in 23 languages, uses an impressive array of interactive multimedia tools to give citizens, tourists and local residents a unique insight into the European Parliament and the other European institutions.