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.



President von Weizsäcker was "Germany's best ambassador" said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland.

31 January 2015 Strasbourg
In a statement today, Mr Jagland honoured Germany's former President Richard von Weizsäcker. "President von Weizsäcker was an exceptionally sincere and wise politician, a true internationalist and Germany's best ambassador. His voice of reason shall be missed in Europe and throughout the international community", he said. 


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...

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...