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Klaus Welle, Secrétaire général du Parlement européen, était l’invité de la Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe à l’occasion d’une conférence relative aux prochaines élections européennes qui auront lieu en mai 2019. Cet événement, qui s’est tenu sur le campus de l’Université de Lausanne, a été animé par Pat Cox, Président de la Fondation et ancien Président du Parlement européen. Dans le cadre de cette conférence, Klaus Welle a accordé un entretien à L'Uniscope, le magazine des étudiants de l'Université de Lausanne.


Quelle Europe voulons-nous ? Une question à laquelle il est plus que jamais nécessaire de réfléchir, à l'approche des élections européennes de 2019. Ce dialogue indispensable, le président français Emmanuel Macron nous incite à nous y engager tout comme le président du Parlement européen Antonio Tajani et le président de la Commission européenne Jean-Claude Juncker.


On 25th January more than 100 EU experts gathered in The Hague (Sociëteit De Witte) for the first 'State of the Union Conference 2018' - a high-level reflection on the future of the European Union. The gathering was organised in cooperation between the European Parliament Information Office in the Netherlands, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Clingendael Institute. Secretary-General Klaus Welle delivered during the closing session his speech 'Preparing Europe for the next 25 years'.

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.

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.


‘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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.

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Du 9 au 11 mai 2014, 5 000 jeunes européens de 16 à 30 ans seront accueillis au Parlement à Strasbourg, où ils débattront de leurs visions pour l'Europe autour du thème "Des idées pour une Europe meilleure" dans plus de 250 ateliers, séminaires et autres formats organisés par les services du parlement ou par les partenaires d'EYE.

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.

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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.

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Le site Internet consacré aux élections européennes 2014 a été mis en ligne et il est disponible dans les 24 langues officielles européennes.

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.


Du 9 au 11 mai 2014, le Parlement européen ouvrira ses portes à 5 000 jeunes issus des quatre coins de l'Europe. Nous leur offrirons un forum unique en organisant la "rencontre de la jeunesse européenne 2014" - en abrégé, EYE 2014 (European Youth Event 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.

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.

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.

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.

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Un système de notifications par email a récemment été ajouté au site internet du Parlement européen, rendant le suivi des activités parlementaires plus facile à tout un chacun.

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.

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.

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

Lancement du EP Newshub: le Secrétaire général souligne le grand nombre de lecteurs potentiel des messages diffusés chaque jour autour de l'activité parlementaire.

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 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.

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).

Des centaines de millions de personnes éteindront les lumières une heure durant ce samedi soir pour suivre le courant "Une heure pour la Terre", initiative lancée par le WWF, afin d'attirer l'attention sur la nécessité de lutter contre le changement climatique.

  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

Le centre des visiteurs du Parlement européen a ouvert ses portes au public le vendredi 14 octobre à 10 heures. C'est le plus grand centre parlementaire d'Europe à accueillir des visiteurs; l'exposition qu'il propose est la première à être intégralement présentée en 23 langues. Les citoyens, la population locale et les touristes y trouveront un éclairage particulier des institutions européennes, et notamment du Parlement européen, au travers d'un large éventail d'outils multimédias interactifs.


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