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Signing of the partnership agreement with the Region of Normandy - from left: Hervé Morin, President of the Normandy Region, Rainer Wieland, Vice-President of the EP, Klaus Welle - Brussels, European Parliament, 9 January 2018

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...

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Meeting with recently appointed European Parliament administrators - Brussels, 27 November 2017


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.

Klaus Welle

25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union the agenda has to be newly defined. New challenges for the European Union have to be mastered both internally and externally.

 (Rome, LUISS University ).

‘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.

 (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.


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.

 (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.

© GGS 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.

 Closing remarks by Klaus Welle at the EP-EUI Policy Roundtable upon the &quot;The institutional significance of 2014 in the EU&quot;

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.

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.

 (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.

 (Strasbourg ).

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.

 (Washington DC ).

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.

 (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.

‘Hundred Steps Forward’ – the European Parliament and the upgrading of European democracy since the Lisbon Treaty

The presented publication is a first compilation of files describing the multi-faceted achievements of the European Parliament since the Lisbon Treaty, provided by committee secretariats and policy departments, the newly established European Parliament Research Service (DG EPRS), the services of DG Communication and the Cabinet of the Secretary-General.

Study: ‘Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe 2014-19’

This study embodies work-in-progress on a long-term project being undertaken by the Parliament’s European Added Value Unit, in conjunction with the office of the Secretary-General and the Economic Governance Support Unit, in order to try to identify and analyse the ‘cost of non-Europe’ in certain policy fields.

 (European Parliament, Brussels ).

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.

Family picture - Klaus Welle with members of staff of the Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (DG EPRS) on the occasion of the DG EPRS Annual Meeting

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.

Anthony Teasdale, First Director-General of the new DG for Parliamentary Research Service established by a Bureau's decision on 20 May 2013

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.

Christian Pennera, Jurisconsult of the European Parliament and Head of the Legal Service, retired on 1 November 2013

Klaus Welle pays tribute to Christian Pennera, the European Parliament Jurisconsult and Head of the Legal Service on the occasion of his retirement.

 (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 ).

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.

Klaus Welle gives a speech at the ESPAS/RAND experts seminar 'Global Societal Trends and the EU' - Brussels, 17 September 2013

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.

Opening remarks by the Secretary-General - Luxembourg, 9 September 2013

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.

The new KAD building facade

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.

 (Brussels, CEPS ).

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.

Preparing for Complexity - European Parliament in 2025- Going global, going local, going digital

On 9 April 2013, Klaus Welle, the Secretary-General of the European Parliament, presented to the President and the Bureau of the European Parliament his final report on the brain-storming exercise Preparing for Complexity - European Parliament in 2025.

Preparing for Complexity - European Parliament in 2025 - The Issues & The Answers

The present synthesis presented to the President and the Bureau is the result of an unprecedented collective brainstorming exercise involving all DGs of the European Parliament. Its aim was to identify structural changes to be initiated in order to prepare the European Parliament for a much more complex and challenging environment in the years to come.


At the request of the EP Joint Bureau and Committee on Budgets Working Group on the European Parliament Budget, the European Parliament conducted comparison studies with the US Congress and national parliaments, Assemblée Nationale, Bundestag, Camera dei Deputati and House of Commons. This summary outlines the main lessons derived from the studies.

The Eastman building, future location of the House of European History - Brussels, 27 March 2013

The House of European History has been planned to open in the renovated Eastman building in the Leopold Park in Brussels, at the heart of the European quarter. The architectural plan provides the building with an open exhibition space, complementing the original building. Klaus Welle with members of the EP staff visited the site.

Comparative study: &quot;Building continent-wide democracy - US Congress & European Parliament - Functions and Expenditure&quot;

The Joint Bureau and Committee on Budgets Working Group on the European Parliament Budget requested the Secretary-General to provide a comparison between the European Parliament and its US counterpart in the field of budget and functions.

SAIS logo

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.

 (Strasbourg, ENA ).

Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament, following the invitation of the Ecole nationale d'administration (ENA) in Strasbourg met up with its students. Secretary-General delivered a speech on different aspects of the European Union and its institutions and answered questions in a lively discussion.

Nobel Peace Prize Medal in chocolate on European flag received by Klaus Welle - Strasbourg, 12 December 2012

Returning from Oslo, Klaus Welle commented on activities organised by the European Parliament to celebrate the awarding to the European Union of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize as a prize for all EU citizens.

 (Strasbourg ).

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

 (Strasbourg ).

Klaus Welle gave the introduction of the joint seminar between three Directorates General: DG IPOL, DG EXPO, DG COMM on communication improvement, insisting on the fact that communication cannot be separated from legislation. The seminar took place in Strasbourg.

Klaus Welle at Rectors' Conference - 2nd Rectors' Conference in the European Parliament on &quot;New technologies and education for multilingualism going global&quot; (from left): EU Commissioner Ms Androulla Vassiliou, Mr Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez MEP, Vice-President responsible for Multilingualism, Klaus Welle and Ms Olga Cosmidou, EP Director-General for Interpretation and Conferences

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.

Secretary-General Klaus Welle accepts a congratulatory bouquet from Atle Leikvoll, Norwegian Ambassador to the EU on the news of the award of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union - Brussels, 12 October 2012

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.

House of European History, exhibition room - project (© Parlement européen – Arnaud Dechelle, Studio Diem UK)

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.

Anthony Teasdale, Director of Directorate G, Impact Assessment and European Added Value (DG IPOL) and Klaus Welle, Secretary General at a meeting with staff of the recently formed Directorate - Brussels, 1 October 2012

Assessing impact and measuring European added value are new steps needed for the Parliament to play its role throughout the full legislative cycle. In a short period of time, the new Directorate has provided a fresh independent approach on important elements of the legislative work in progress.

 (Frankfurt/Main ).

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.

Conference of Presidents gathering in Strasbourg, 10 September 2012

The Conference of Presidents has asked the Secretary-General to explore how the European Parliament can maximise its input in consultations on the report "Towards a genuine Economic and Monetary Union" put forward last June by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.

Hemicycle in 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.

 (Passau ).

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.

Launching the EP Newshub - a major step forward in visibility (Brussels  03/07/2012).

Launching the EP Newshub, the Secretary-General underlines the huge number of potential users of material produced daily by Parliament activity.

Klaus Welle welcomes recently appointed administrators to the European Parliament (Brussels 20/06/2012).

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.

Waste management is a key target for the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) says Klaus Welle at the opening of the European Parliament Green Week (Strasbourg  13/06/2012).

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.

EMAS Coordination Team (e.e. - employee-equivalent)  (Brussels  30/05/2012).

The Secretary-General replied to the external auditor on the recent achievements resulting from the Environmental Policy of the European Parliament: carbon footprint reduced by more than 20% in 2011, reduction of paper consumption beyond 2006-2020 target.

New bikes purchased by the European Parliament is setting an example (Strasbourg  22/05/2012).

With the purchase of 55 new bikes, the European Parliament has doubled the number of bikes available for use by Members and staff.

Klaus Welle addresses the 2012 Charlemagne Youth Prize Winners from Greece, Czech Republic and Hungary in front of the Charlemagne's shrine - Aachen  (© Domkapitel Aachen, Foto: R. Wentzler)   (Aachen  15/05/2012).

Each year, the European Parliament contributes to the European Charlemagne Youth Prize: the Secretary-General congratulated the 2012 winners from Greece, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Klaus Welle

Multi-polarity in the globalised world with multi-level governance and multiplication of global players interacting with lawmakers, as well as new technologies that are constantly accelerating change, all constitute elements directly and indirectly affecting the European Parliament. This growing complexity can be a frightening prospect for some organisations, but not for a multifaceted organisation such as the European Parliament which is actively involved in all kinds of networks and is open to experiment. Collectively, management must think beyond daily challenges and plan in terms of structures that will last for ten to fifteen years.

Klaus Welle discussing with senior members and staffers of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa (Brussels  25/04/2012).

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.

'Esplanade Solidarność 1980' and 'Simone Veil Agora' - Protocol Agreement on events management of this area was signed in the European Parliament  (Brussels  25/04/2012).

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.

Receiving the silver medal for 15 years of European civil service among 187 other Colleagues in Luxembourg (Luxembourg  16/04/2012).

On receiving his silver medal for 15 years in the European civil service, along with 186 EP colleagues, Secretary-General Klaus Welle underlined the developing role of the European Parliament.

Discussing implementation of front-running technologies at the new Konrad Adenauer building (Luxembourg  16/04/2012).

The new Konrad Adenauer building complex (KAD1 and KAD2) in Luxembourg will use front-running technologies. The European Parliament will become the first European institution equipped with an almost self-sufficient building.

Debating with young Congress staffers (Brussels  11/04/2012).

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".

The European Parliament will join the 'Earth Hour' again this year (Brussels  29/03/2012).

Hundreds of millions of people will be switching off their lights for an hour this Saturday evening during the 'Earth Hour' action being launched by the WWF to raise awareness of the need to combat climate change.

 (Brussels  ).

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?

  Klaus Welle

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.

Members of the EP Bureau (Gianni Pittella MEP, Alejo Vidal-Quadras MEP) and Klaus Welle present 2013 EP budget strategy to the Members of the EP Committee on Budgets

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.

Klaus Welle

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.