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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Decision to postpone court hearing on liquidation of Russian Memorial Society welcome development, says Secretary General

13/11/2014 Strasbourg
Following today’s decision by the Russian Supreme Court to postpone the hearing of a lawsuit brought by the Russian Justice Ministry against the Russian Memorial Society, the Council of Europe’s Secretary General TJ gave a comment to TASS news agency. “Today’s decision by the Russian Supreme Court is a welcome development that demonstrates the sense of responsibility and goodwill of all sides to find an appropriate legal solution and give the Russian Memorial Society time to address the...

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Joint Statement by European Commission First Vice President and Secretary General

12/11/2014 Strasbourg
Secretary General Jagland and European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans met today in Brussels. They made the following statement: “On the occasion of our meeting today, we have confirmed our shared commitment to the protection of fundamental rights and the rule of law in Europe....

Thorbjørn Jagland in Brussels

12/11/2014 Strasbourg
The Secretary General was in Brussels for meetings with high-level representatives of the European Union and the Belgian authorities. Topics for discussion with the First Vice President of the EU Commission, Frans Timmermans, include the state of human rights and democracy in Europe, the EU’s...

Secretary General deeply concerned by reports of third execution in Belarus this year

04/11/2014 Strasbourg
Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland said he was deeply concerned by the reports of the third execution in Belarus this year. "Capital punishment is not justice. It directly contradicts European values. I reiterate the Council of Europe appeal to the authorities of Belarus to establish without...