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.




Secretary General participates in "Science for Peace" event in Milan


"The European model of tolerance, respect and plurality must be solidified", said Thorbjørn Jagland, addressing the prestigious audience of "Science for Peace" initiative at the University "Luigi Bocconi", on Saturday, 17th November.

The Secretary General delivered a speech in the framework of "Peaceful co-existence in Diversity and Freedom" session, together with Emma Bonino, vice President of the Italian Senate and member of the Council of Europe Group of Eminent Persons (hyperlink). Emma Bonino is one of co-authors of the report "Living Together: Combining diversity and freedom in 21st-century Europe" (hyperlink), commissioned by Secretary General Jagland in 2011.