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.

 

News 2012

Thorbjørn Jagland took part in Strasbourg’s Hanukkah celebration

Strasbourg,  12 December 2012, - The Secretary General lit the Flame of Peace on the giant Hanukkah menora which has been erected for the occasion, at the Place de...

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: Thorbjørn Jagland calls on Governments to ratify treaty

Strasbourg,  23 November 2012, Every day in Europe women are victims of violence just because they are women. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against...

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

Milan,  17 November 2012, "The European model of tolerance, respect and plurality must be solidified", said Thorbjørn Jagland, addressing the prestigious audience of "Science...

Secretary General Jagland welcomes new anti-corruption law in Italy

Strasbourg,  9 November 2012, "Fighting corruption is a key priority of the Council of Europe", declared Thorbjørn Jagland, welcoming the new anti-corruption law in Italy. The...

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland congratulates President Obama

Strasbourg,  07 November 2012, The Secretary General of the Council of Europe today issued the following statement on the reelection of President Obama: "I congratulate...

Council of Europe and amusement park association issue joint statement against intolerance

Strasbourg,  31 October 2012, Roland Mack, chairman of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia (USA) and...

Secretary General Jagland visits Spain

Spain,  22 October 2012, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland was in Madrid on 23 October, to attend the ceremony of the VIII Award to the most...

Secretary General Jagland visits Germany

Berlin,  16 October 2012, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland was in Berlin on Tuesday for meetings with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and the Head of the...

Thorbjørn Jagland: "Democracy is a guarantor of progress and prosperity"

Strasbourg,  8 October 2012,   Democracy as a system that enshrines universal values. Democracy as an agent of peace. Democracy as a guarantor of progress and prosperity....

Secretary General warns of the risk of the Syrian conflict spreading in the region

Strasbourg,  4 October 2012, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, issued today the following statement: "I am extremely concerned about the violence on...

Secretary General Jagland concerned over law on homosexuality in Ukraine

Strasbourg,  5 October 2012, In a letter sent to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Volodymyr Lytvyn, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland expressed deep concern...

Secretary General Jagland calls for a constructive handover of government after the elections in Georgia,

Strasbourg,  3 October 2012, Secretary General Jagland today issued the following statement on the results of the Georgian elections: "The successful completion of open and...

Secretary General Jagland "surprised and disappointed" about ban of "Belgrade Pride"

Strasbourg,  3 October 2012, Responding to the ban of the Belgrade Pride 2012 event, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe issued the following statement: "I am surprised...

Thorbjørn Jagland: Laws on defamation must not unjustly restrict freedom of expression

Strasbourg,  2 October 2012, Responding to today's vote in the Ukrainian Parliament the Secretary General issued the following statement : "I welcome that the draft law...

"Re-criminalising defamation in Ukraine would be a step backwards"

Strasbourg,  21 September 2012, The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland today issued the following statement: " The Ukrainian Rada voted in first reading...

Secretary General condemns film “The innocence of Muslims”

Strasbourg,  18 September 2012, The Secretary General of the Council of Europe said today the European Convention on Human Rights offered guidance to European governments...

Secretary General Jagland visits Ukraine

Ukraine,  10 September 2012, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is in Kyiv on Monday 10 September where  he met President Viktor Yanukovych and Foreign Minister Kostyantyn...

Thorbjørn Jagland meets Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders

Strasbourg,  11 September 2012, The Secretary General met Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs of Belgium....

Joint statement by Commissioner Füle and Secretary General Jagland on Bosnia and Herzegovina

Strasbourg,  4 September 2012, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland today...
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