The European Parliament: A Key Actor in Transnational Democracy


Monday, October 3, 2011, 2:45pm to 4:00pm


124 Mount Auburn, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Klaus WelleKlaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament
Co-sponsored by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, and the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, Harvard Kennedy School

About the Speaker
Klaus Welle is the European Parliament’s most senior official. Appointed by its Bureau, he is responsible for Parliament’s administration, heading the Secretariat. Welle assists the President, the Bureau, the political groups and the elected Members of the European Parliament. He ensures the seamless operation of parliamentary business under the leadership of the President and the Bureau. In addition, with the President, he verifies and signs the ordinary legislative acts of the European Union, and plays an important role in the preparation of the Parliament’s draft budget estimates.