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.



Freedom of expression ends where violence begins

29 January 2015 Strasbourg
Secretary General on Ukraine: no lasting ceasefire without political solution In his speech today to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland addressed the crisis in Ukraine, freedom of expression and the fight against terrorism. He advocated for a balanced approach to the freedom of expression, saying that “the only way to defend freedom of expression is to be open about its limitations. Racism and incitement to violence is unlawful.” He...


Secretary General welcomes Russia's Supreme Court Decision on Memorial

28 January 2015 Strasbourg
Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to dismiss the request for the closure of the NGO "Memorial". “This decision is in line with previous calls by the Council of Europe, and will allow this prominent...

Secretary General condemns separatist offensive at Mariupol

24 January 2015 Strasbourg
Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland condemned the separatist offensive at Mariupol: "The latest military offensive by separatist forces in south eastern Ukraine is an outrageous breach of the Minsk Protocol. I urge the separatists to continue the peace talks, rather than this mindless...

Davos: Secretary General Jagland and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin discuss eastern Ukraine, reforms

22 January 2015 Davos
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met Foreign Minister of Ukraine Mr Pavlo Klimkin today in Davos, Switzerland. They discussed the extremely difficult and serious situation in the eastern Ukraine and the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire and strict adherence to the Minsk Protocol...

Secretary General meets Latvian Prime Minister

15 January 2015 Strasbourg
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today met Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma for talks on the Latvian EU Presidency, co-operation with the Council of Europe and the current security situation. They discussed measures to combat terrorism, in particular the Council of Europe's Convention...

'Charlie Hebdo' massacre, attack on democratic society

12 January 2015 Strasbourg
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland joined the Unity Rally for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack and for freedom of expression in Paris by invitation of President Hollande and the French government (Place de la République, 15h). The Secretary General accepted the...