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 2014

Secretary General Jagland: Europe must do more to investigate cases of violence against women

Strasbourg,  21/11/2014, In this comment, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, explains why more governments need to sign and ratify the Council of...

Decision to postpone court hearing on liquidation of Russian Memorial Society welcome development, says Secretary General

Strasbourg,  13/11/2014, Following today’s decision by the Russian Supreme Court to postpone the hearing of a lawsuit brought by the Russian Justice Ministry against the Russian...

Joint Statement by European Commission First Vice President and Secretary General

Strasbourg,  12/11/2014, Secretary General Jagland and European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans met today in Brussels. They made the following statement: “On...

Thorbjørn Jagland in Brussels

Strasbourg,  12/11/2014, The Secretary General was in Brussels for meetings with high-level representatives of the European Union and the Belgian authorities. Topics for...

Secretary General deeply concerned by reports of third execution in Belarus this year

Strasbourg,  04/11/2014, Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland said he was deeply concerned by the reports of the third execution in Belarus this year. "Capital punishment is not...

Secretary General Jagland opens Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy with Jeremy Rifkin

Strasbourg,  03/11/2014, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today opened the 2014 World Forum for Democracy with an appeal to engage with young people in...

Tunisia’s first post-revolution elections praised by Secretary General Jagland

Strasbourg,  27/10/2014, Following this Sunday’s vote in Tunisia for the country’s first post-revolution parliament, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Law on IDPs adopted in Ukraine welcome development, good basis for addressing their needs, says Secretary General

Strasbourg,  20 October 2014, The Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made a statement on today’s adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the Law on...

Secretary General Jagland welcomes adoption of reforms in Ukraine; regrets law on IDPs was not adopted

Strasbourg,  14 October 2014, Following today’s vote in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland , made this statement: ...

Bosnia and Herzegovina: all citizens should have the right to stand for elections

Strasbourg,  13 October 2014, Following the 7th general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Secretary General Jagland published the following statement: “The voters in...

Secretary General Jagland calls on Azerbaijan to release opposition politician Ilgar Mammadov

Strasbourg,  13 October 2014, With reference to a recent judgment from the European Court of Human Rights which it declared final today, the Secretary General of the Council...

Secretary General meets Belarusian NGOs to discuss human rights, death penalty, work on the ground

Strasbourg,  1 October 2014, The Council of Europe’s Secretary General met on 1 October 2014 in Strasbourg with representatives of civil society, media community and...

Secretary General Jagland calls on all sides in Ukraine to adhere to ceasefire

Strasbourg,  1 October 2014, Reacting to reports of shelling in Donetsk resulting in civilian casualties, the Secretary General said: "The ceasefire that was agreed is essential...

Secretary General welcomes Serbia’s move to allow Belgrade Pride event

Strasbourg,  29 September 2014, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed on Sunday the Belgrade Pride event: “After three years, Serbian authorities yesterday...

Secretary General Jagland welcomes President Poroshenko's reform agenda

Strasbourg,  26 September 2014, The Secretary General of the Council of Europe welcomes the strategy for reforms in Ukraine announced by President Poroshenko. “Many of the...
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