The Harvard Alumni Club of Belgium has kindly extended an initation to The University of Chicago Alumni Club of Belgium and its alumni to participate in the webinar on the Challenges for the European Parliament, a session with Secretary General Klaus Welle.


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Event Details

Challenges for the European Parliament
A session with Secretary General Klaus Welle

In October 2020, the Economist described the European Parliament as having increased its power substantially (think Brexit, trade deals, EU budget, making legislation for nearly 450 million people...) but still not very strong in the end with only a 51% turnout in European MEP elections, with the failure of the Spitzenkandidaten and with the Commission and EU Council, in the end, still leading the EU agenda.

Where is the reality? How can Europe further strengthen its democracy? What is the role of the European Parliament?

We are happy to invite you to a webinar with the Secretary General of the EU Parliament, Klaus Welle. He will share with us his view on the future challenges for the European Parliament and Europe in general.


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Register Online

A link to the zoom webinar will be shared once registration has been completed. 

Deadline: 1/27/2021

Speaker Profiles

Klaus Welle (Speaker)
Secretary General, EU Parliament

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.


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


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