Biography and Responsibilities 


Klaus Welle 



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

Professional experience

  • 1984 - 1986 :Banking studies, Westdeutsche Landesbank, Münster
  • 1986 - 1987 :Military service with the Luftwaffe
  • 1991 - 1994 :Head of the European and Foreign Policy Department at the CDU Central Office, Bonn
  • 1994 - 1999 :Secretary-General of the European People's Party (EPP) and the European Union of Christian Democrats (EUCD), Brussels
  • 1999 - 2003 :Secretary-General of the EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament, Brussels
  • 2004 - 2007 :Director-General for Internal Policies, European Parliament, Brussels
  • 2007 - 2009 :Head of the Cabinet of the President of the European Parliament, Brussels
  • Since 15 March 2009 :Secretary-General of the European Parliament, Luxembourg



The Secretary-General is the European Parliament's most senior official. He heads Parliament's administration.
The Secretary-General is appointed by Parliament's Bureau, a political body consisting of the President, the 14 Vice-Presidents and the five Quaestors, under Rule 207 of Parliament's Rules of Procedure.

The Secretary-General is responsible for:

  • Organising parliamentary business under the leadership of the President, the Bureau and the Conference of Presidents;
  • Ensuring the smooth running of plenary sittings and assisting the President and Vice-Presidents during part-sessions. He is assisted by the Deputy Secretary-General in promoting and ensuring the necessary cooperation and coordination amongst Directorates-General in relation to plenary business and legislative planning, liaising with the secretariats of the political groups in this regard, coordinating inter-institutional relations at official and technical level in the field of legislative planning, and ensuring compliance with all the provisions of the Rules of Procedure relating to parliamentary business;
  • Verifying and signing all acts adopted jointly by Parliament and the Council, together with the President of the European Parliament;
  • Assisting the President in preparing the meetings of the Conference of Presidents, and assisting the President and the chairs of the political groups during their meetings. He chairs the preparatory meetings with the secretaries-general of the political groups;
  • Assisting the President in preparing meetings of Parliament's Bureau. The Secretary-General is responsible for drafting proposals for decisions to be taken by the Bureau members (Rule 23.3). He also prepares the report on the basis of which the Bureau draws up Parliament's preliminary draft budget estimates (Rule 79). The Bureau may also delegate specific types of decisions to the Secretary-General, e.g. to grant technical assistance to political parties at European level (Rule 209).



Former Secretaries-General  

  • Harald Rømer 
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  • Julian Priestley 
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  • Enrico Vinci 
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  • Hans Joachim Opitz 
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  • Hans Nord 
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  • Frits de Nerée tot Babberich 
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