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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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