Recent activities

 (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.


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.

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.

 (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.


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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Klaus Welle
Secretary-General of the European Parliament
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1047 Bruxelles