Deputy Secretary General

Meeting with the Taizé Community at the Council of Europe and the European Parliament

29/12/2013 Strasbourg

The Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, is taking part in the European meeting with the ecumenical Community of Taizé at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In her speech on "New forms of poverty – New forms of solidarity", she underlines that "the...

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Secretary General concludes World Forum for Democracy

29 November 2013 Strasbourg

In his closing remarks to theStrasbourg World Forum for Democracy, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland highlighted the need to promote online literacy and raise awareness of the risks to privacy and data protection. Political parties and institutions had a huge potential to increase...

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Parliamentary Assembly

Presidential election in Azerbaijan: joint statement by PACE and EP delegations

10/10/2013 Strasbourg

Election observation delegations of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament were invited by the Azeri authorities to observe the Presidential election held on 9 October 2013. The delegations congratulated the people of Azerbaijan on the peaceful campaign and...

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Council of Europe and European Union

European Day against Death Penalty: joint Council of Europe/EU declaration

10/10/2013 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, and the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, have issued a joint declaration to mark the 7th European Day against the Death Penalty (10 October). In the declaration,...

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Jagland: disappointed and alarmed by discriminatory actions and stigmatising words against Roma

26 September 2013 Strasbourg

Responding to the current discussion about Roma in France, Sweden and other European countries, the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, issued the following statement: "I am disappointed and alarmed to see that discriminatory actions and stigmatising words are again being used against Roma...

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Secretary General visits Poland, speaks at conference on hate speech in political discourse

18-19 September 2013 Warsaw

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe is in Warsaw for meetings with Polish President Bronisław Komorowski, Marshal of the Sejm, Ewa Kopacz, and Piotr Wach, Vice-President of the Polish Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Together with Minister Michał Boni,...

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Statement by Secretary General on legislation in Russian Duma prohibiting "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" among minors

12 June 2013 Strasbourg

"The Upper House of the Russian Parliament should not approve the draft law prohibiting the ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations' among minors," said Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in a statement today. "This law clearly affects some of the most important principles in the...

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Secretary General urges Turkish media to provide full and accurate coverage of protests

3 June 2013

In an interview with the Turkish daily newspaper Hürriyet the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, commented on the situation in Turkey and the role of government and media. Following the interview he made this statement: "I take note of the fact that the Turkish...

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Statement of the Secretary General on the vote of confidence in the Moldovan Parliament

30 May 2013 Strasbourg

Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, made the following statement on the vote of confidence in the Moldovan Parliament: "I take note of today's vote of confidence in the Moldovan Parliament for the Government of Prime Minister Leanca. I hope the formation of the new Government will bring Moldova...

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Secretary General Jagland meets Russian President Putin

20 May 2013 Russian Federation

On 20 May 2013, Secretary General Jagland met Russian President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov in the Russian city of Sochi, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics. An immediate outcome of the talks was an agreement to transform the existing Council of Europe presence to a programme office...

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Council of Europe on terrorist attack in Turkey

13 May 2013 Strasbourg

Following the car bombings which caused the death of over forty persons in the Turkish city of Reyhanlı, near the Syrian border, Thorbjørn Jagland sent a message of condolences to Turkish authorities and people, in which he assured them of the Organisation's support and solidarity. Letter by the...

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Secretary General visits Ireland

30 April 2013 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, is paying an official visit to Ireland from 2 to 5 May 2013. During his visit, the Secretary General is meeting the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore and Justice & Defence Minister Alan...

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Secretary General speaks at Education Ministers Conference in Helsinki

25 April 2013 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is conducting a visit to Helsinki, including meetings with President Sauli Niinistö, Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja. The focus of discussions is Finland in the Council of Europe, reform of the Organisation, and...

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Secretary General

Secretary General Jagland welcomes agreement in the EU-facilitated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo*

19/04/2013 Strasbourg

Following the agreement between Serbia and Kosovo*, Secretary General Jagland published the following statement: "I whole-heartedly welcome the important results achieved by the Serbian and Kosovo* leaders in their EU-facilitated dialogue. What they achieved today through courage, patience and...

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Commissioner Füle and Secretary General Jagland regret lack of progress in implementing Sejdić-Finci judgement

8 April 2013 Strasbourg

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Mr Štefan Füle and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Mr Thorbjørn Jagland regret that narrow party and ethnic interests continue to prevail over genuine engagement to end the constitutional discrimination of many citizens of...

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International Roma Day: Secretary General visits camps in Strasbourg

8 april 2013 Strasbourg

On the occasion of International Roma Day, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland visited two Roma camps in Strasbourg, where the organisation is based. Accompanied by the city of Strasbourg's Deputy Mayor, and head of European and International relations, Nawel Rafik-Elmrini, Mr...

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes decision of Ukrainian President Yanukovych to pardon former minister Yuri Lutsenko

7 April 2013 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes the decision of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to pardon former minister Yuri Lutsenko: "I welcome the decision of President Yanukovych to pardon former Ministers Lutsenko and Filipchuk as well as four other persons. It follows the spirit of the...

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Milestone reached in negotiations on accession of EU to the European Convention on Human Rights

Secretary General 05/04/2013 Strasbourg

Negotiators of the 47 Council of Europe member states and the European Union have finalised the draft accession agreement of the European Union to the European Convention on Human rights. The EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg will now be asked to give its opinion on the text. Accession of the EU...

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Milestone reached in negotiations on accession of EU to the European Convention on Human Rights

5 April 2013 Strasbourg

Negotiators for the Council of Europe and the European Union have finalised the draft accession agreement of the European Union to the European Convention on Human rights. The EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg will now be asked to give its opinion on the text. Accession of the EU to the ECHR will...

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Secretary General Jagland makes official visit to Romania

20 March 2013 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is making an official visit to Romania on 20-21 March. In Bucharest, Mr. Jagland is holding bilateral meetings with the President of Romania Traian Băsescu, the Prime Minister Victor Ponta, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlăţean, the...

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