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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Say no to hate

Strasbourg,  22 July 2014, On the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Utøya and Oslo, Norway, I encourage all to support and show solidarity for victims of hate crimes and for greater public awareness about the consequences of hate speech in our society. Whether motivated by racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, a person or group disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, political views or other forms of intolerance, we say no to hate. See...

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Secretary General: Loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17, reminder that conflict in eastern Ukraine must end

Strasbourg,  18 July 2014, Following the jet crash report in eastern Ukraine, the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland says he is shocked over the tragic loss of life: “I was shocked to learn about the tragic loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 over eastern Ukraine. I...

Ukrainian Vice-Prime Minister Hroisman submits constitutional amendments for assessment by Venice Commission

Strasbourg,  8 July 2014, The Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodimir Hroisman on Tuesday met Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland to discuss constitutional and judicial reforms. Mr Hroisman presented the main constitutional amendments concerning decentralisation, the...

Secretary General meets French Minister for Europe Harlem Désir

Strasbourg,  1 July 2014, The French Minister for European Affairs, Harlem Désir visited the Council of Europe on Tuesday. He congratulated M. Jagland on his reelection as Secretary General and conveyed the French Government’s full support for the work of the Council of...