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.  In June 2014, he was re-elected, and his second term in office commenced on October 1, 2014.

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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Law on IDPs adopted in Ukraine welcome development, good basis for addressing their needs, says Secretary General

Strasbourg,  20 October 2014, The Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made a statement on today’s adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the Law on ensuring the rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons in Ukraine: “This is a welcome development,” Jagland said. “The law is a good basis for addressing the needs of those who fled their homes as a result of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and of the illegal annexation of Crimea. It shows...

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes adoption of reforms in Ukraine; regrets law on IDPs was not adopted

Strasbourg,  14 October 2014, Following today’s vote in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland , made this statement: "I welcome today’s adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the package of laws related to the reform of...

Bosnia and Herzegovina: all citizens should have the right to stand for elections

Strasbourg,  13 October 2014, Following the 7th general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Secretary General Jagland published the following statement: “The voters in Bosnia and Herzegovina have voted to elect their representatives in elections which appear to have...

Secretary General Jagland calls on Azerbaijan to release opposition politician Ilgar Mammadov

Strasbourg,  13 October 2014, With reference to a recent judgment from the European Court of Human Rights which it declared final today, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has called on the authorities of Azerbaijan to release jailed opposition...