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.



Secretary General Jagland congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker on new Commission

Strasbourg,  22/10/2014, "I congratulate Jean-Claude Juncker on the new European Commission. The Council of Europe and the European Union are close partners working together to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law in a number of joint projects across our continent. I look forward to working with Jean-Claude Juncker and his team to strengthen the co-operation between our two complementary organisations."


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...

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 been...