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.
The Directorate for Innovation and Central Services comes under the direct supervision of the Secretary-General. It is composed of horizontal units which provide expertise and services to Members, Parliament governing bodies and the whole administration.
The Directorate for Relations with Political Groups is attached to Parliament’s Secretary-General and facilitates relations between the political groups and Parliament’s administration.
The Internal Audit Service (IAS) is attached to Parliament's Secretary-General for administrative purposes only. ln line with the Charter of the Internal Auditor, the latter is accountable to the Bureau and to the Audit Panel for the performance of his duties.