Recent activities

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

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 Parliament

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.


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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