SECRETARY GENERAL

Mr Thorbjørn Jagland is the 13th Secretary General of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General has the overall responsibility for the strategic management of the Organisation. Mr Jagland was elected in September 2009. 

The former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Norway, Thorbjørn Jagland, aged 63, was also the President of the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) and the leader of the Norwegian Labour Party. He is currently the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

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Pope Francis receives Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

Vatican City (Holy See),  20 September 2014, Pope Francis received Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today in a private audience. Secretary General Jagland also met with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. They focused on the situation in Europe and the relationship between the Council of Europe and the Holy See, which was granted Observer status in 1970. Secretary General Jagland thanked His Holiness for his appeal for...

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Sports is about health, fairness and integration, says Secretary General Jagland

Macolin,  18 September 2014, Addressing the conference of European sports ministers in Switzerland, Thorbjørn Jagland, called on all governments to sign and ratify the new Council of Europe convention against the manipulation of sports competitions. This Convention is a...

Secretary General announces new initiatives in the areas of freedom of expression and democratic participation

Strasbourg,  16 September 2014, Presenting his agenda for the next five years to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers today, Secretary General Jagland gave top priority to the implementation of the European Human Rights Convention (ECHR) and decisions of the ...

Secretary General praises Tunisian example of “wind of change” in southern Mediterranean

Lisbon,  15 September 2014, For the some 200 participants of the Lisbon Forum this year, hosted by the Council of Europe’s North-South Centre , the theme of consolidating democracy via free and fair elections focused on the countries of the so-called Arab Spring. In...