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.

 

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes Ukrainian poll

Strasbourg,  26/10/2014, Secretary General Jagland has welcomed the parliamentary election in Ukraine “Today's election was a clear expression of the Ukrainian people’s desire for peace, democracy and unity of the country. I welcome the steadfast commitment of President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk to democratic reforms which was endorsed by a majority of the electorate", he said in an statement on Sunday evening. See also: Ukraine and the...

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Secretary General Jagland congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker on new Commission

Strasbourg,  22/10/2014, "I congratulate Jean-Claude Juncker on the new European Commission. The Council of Europe and the European Union are close partners working together to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law in a number of joint projects across our...

First meeting of Joint Working Group on Human Rights Issues in Azerbaijan

Strasbourg,  22/10/2014, Following an agreement between Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Azerbaijan's President Aliyev last August, a Joint Working Group on Human Rights Issues composed of some 18 human rights defenders, Members of Parliament and officials of the...

Secretary General and Irish Foreign Minister Charles Flanagan discuss human rights in Europe

Strasbourg,  21/10/2014, Thorbjørn Jagland and Ireland’s Foreign Minister, Charles Flanagan, met in Strasbourg today to discuss the state of human rights in Europe, the situation in Ukraine, Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe and the Secretary General’ s...