Secretary General Jagland on official visit to the Republic of Moldova

Secretary General 29 May 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will make an official visit to the Republic of Moldova on 30 and 31 May. During his visit to Chisinau, the Secretary General will launch the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova 2017-2020, together with Andrei Galbur,...

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Secretary General expresses condolences to UK for victims of Manchester attack

Secretary General 23 May 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has written a letter of condolence to UK Prime Minister Theresa May following the terrorist attack at a pop concert in Manchester which has left at least 22 people dead and 59 injured. He said he was shocked to hear the news and his thoughts were with the...

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United Nations Secretary General António Guterres meets Thorbjørn Jagland

Secretary General 17 May 2017 Strasbourg

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres paid a visit to the Council of Europe today and met with Secretary General Jagland. The meeting covered a broad range of subjects including migration, conflict prevention, combatting corruption and the fight against terrorism. Messrs Jagland and...

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Ukraine: Secretary General Jagland voices concern over blocking social networks and websites

Secretary General 17 May 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General has voiced his concern about a decree by Ukrainian President Poroshenko on the blocking of several major online services and social networks on the territory of Ukraine. “Blocking of social networks, search engines, mail services and news web sites goes against...

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Violence against women: Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes EU decision to sign the Istanbul Convention

Secretary General 11 May 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has warmly welcomed today’s decisions by the EU Council that the European Union as a whole should sign up to the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on violence against women and domestic violence. “Violence against...

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Council of Europe calls on all parties in Skopje to deescalate and refrain from violence

Secretary General 27 April 2017 Strasbourg

The situation at the Skopje parliament is alarming. Secretary General Jagland said “I call on all parties in Skopje to deescalate the situation and refrain from violence. Parliament must uphold democracy and the rule of law, and it should promote dialogue”.

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Secretary General Jagland says PACE must be seen to act with “One hundred per cent integrity”

Secretary General 25 April 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland replied to questions from PACE members in a question and answer session during the Assembly’s Spring part-session. During this exchange, parliamentarians asked Mr Jagland what he could do concerning allegations of corruption inside the PACE....

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Council of Europe deplores recent executions in Arkansas

Council of Europe 25 April 2017 Strasbourg

The 47-nation Council of Europe calls for an end to the death penalty after a series of executions in the US state of Arkansas. After 12 years not carrying out the death penalty Arkansas has now executed three people in a matter of days. This is deeply disturbing, and goes against the global...

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Secretary General meets Hungarian Justice Minister

Secretary General 24 April 2017 Strasbourg

Hungarian Minister of Justice László Trócsányi today attended the swearing-in of Péter Paczolay, the new Hungarian judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. After the ceremony, Mr Trócsányi met with Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. They discussed current...

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Secretary General Jagland visits the Czech Republic

Secretary General 21 April 2017 Prague

Meetings with Prime Minister Sobotka and Minister of Foreign Affairs Zaorálek

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Populism - How strong are Europe’s checks and balances?

Secretary General 20 April 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General 2017 report on democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe

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Statement by the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on the outcome of the Turkish constitutional referendum

Secretary General 16 April 2017 Strasbourg

“The Turkish electorate has voted on the amendments to the Constitution. In view of the close result the Turkish leadership should consider the next steps carefully. It is of utmost importance to secure the independence of the judiciary in line with the principle of rule of law enshrined in the...

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Stockholm attack

Secretary General 7 April 2017 Strasbourg

In a first reaction to the Stockholm truck attack today Secretary General Jagland said: “I am shocked by the sad news from Stockholm. It looks like another attack on our common values and freedoms, another attack on a vibrant European city. My thoughts go to Sweden and the people of Stockholm.”

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Saint-Petersburg metro attack: Secretary General conveys message of solidarity to Russian people

Secretary General 4 April 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, sent a letter to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, today, following deadly attacks in the Saint-Petersburg metro on 3 April. "I was shocked and greatly saddened by the news of the deadly attack perpetrated...

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Secretary General meets Danish Foreign Minister

Secretary General 4 April 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland today met Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, ahead of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. Topics of discussion included the threat of terrorism and the attack in St Petersburg, the situation in Turkey and the debate about the European Convention on...

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G7-Culture Florence: Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland to present forthcoming Blood Antiquities Convention

Secretary General 29 March 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will take part on 30-31 March in Florence (Italy) in the G7 Ministerial meeting on Culture: Culture as a tool for dialogue among peoples. The G7-Culture will focus on the protection of cultural heritage, fight against traffic of artistic and historic items and...

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Russia: Secretary General Jagland concerned about freedom of expression and freedom of assembly after mass detentions at demonstrations

Secretary General 27 March 2017 Strasbourg

The detention of hundreds of citizens, including opposition leader Alexey Navalny while exercising their right to freedom of expression and to peaceful assembly raises issues under the European Convention on Human Rights. I am particularly concerned about the reported detention of minors. I call...

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London attack: statement by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

Secretary General 22 March 2017 Strasbourg

Reacting to the events in London this afternoon, the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, said: “I am very alarmed by the events in Westminster this afternoon, which appear to have resulted in a number of casualties. Our thoughts are with all those hurt or...

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