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 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 organisation to continue its work. In my dialogue with the Russian Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov, the question of Memorial was raised several times. I am pleased that the decision of the...


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...

Secretary General in Ankara

6-7 January 2015 Ankara
Secretary General Jagland has welcomed Turkey's intention strengthen co-operation with the Council of Europe, and to become a major contributor to the Organisation's budget, together with the other five large member states: France, Germany, Italy, Russia and the United Kingdom. The decision was...