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 Jagland welcomes Bosnia Herzegovina’s commitment to undertake necessary reforms

23 February 2015 Strasbourg
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed Bosnia Herzegovina’s commitment to undertake reforms in the framework of the European Union Accession Process. He described the declaration by the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina as "an important step in addressing outstanding institutional and socio-economic reforms of the country. I hope it will also enable the country to fulfil its commitments as a Council of Europe member state, including the implementation of all...


Secretary ‎General condemns desecration of Jewish graves vandalised in Sarre-Union

16 February 2015 Strasbourg
In a statement on Monday, the Secretary ‎General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, condemned the desecration of Jewish graves in Sarre-Union: “I join the French government and President Hollande in condemning this barbaric act of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is on the rise not only in...

Secretary ‎General made statement on Copenhagen shooting, stressed commitment to freedom of expression

14 February 2015 Starsbourg
Council of Europe Secretary ‎General Jagland made the following statement on Copenhagen shooting: "Our thoughts go out to Denmark and the victims of these attacks. The shooting Copenhagen so shortly after the massacre in Paris at Charlie Hebdo and a Kosher shop is another sign that freedom of...

Secretary General Jagland: Ukraine needs constitutional reform process and decentralisation

12 February 2015 Strasbourg
In a statement this morning, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, welcomed today’s agreement in Minsk on the withdrawal of heavy weapons and a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine from this weekend. “Chancellor Merkel, President Hollande, President Putin and President Poroshenko...

Secretary General meets the Minister of Justice of Finland

11 February 2015 Strasbourg
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met today the Minister of Justice of Finland, Anna-Maja Henriksson. Discussions focused on the crisis in Ukraine, combatting terrorism and the cooperation between the European Union and the Council of Europe.

Council of Europe's Secretary General in Brussels for social rights conference, Reynders meeting

11 February 2015 Strasbourg
The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, will visit the Belgian capital Brussels on Thursday 12 February. At 9am, the Secretary General will give the opening speech at an international conference on the Future of the Protection of Social Rights in Europe...