Born on 3 July 1964 in Beelen, Germany
Degree in economics from the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany
Recipient of grants from the Students' Foundation of the German People and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, student sponsorship from the Westdeutsche Landesbank
Parliament shall be assisted by a Secretary-General appointed by the Bureau.
The Secretary-General shall give a solemn undertaking before the Bureau to perform his duties conscientiously and with absolute impartiality.
The Secretary-General shall head a Secretariat the composition and organisation of which shall be determined by the Bureau.
The Bureau shall decide on the establishment plan of the Secretariat and lay down regulations relating to the administrative and financial situation of officials and other servants.
The Bureau shall also decide on the categories of officials and other servants to which Articles 11 to 13 of the Protocol on the Privileges and Immunities of the European Union are to apply wholly or in part.
The President of Parliament shall inform the appropriate institutions of the European Union accordingly.