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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Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland on the murder of Boris Nemtsov

28 February 2015 Strasbourg
"I am shocked and appalled by the murder of well-known Russian politician and liberal opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. I express my sincere condolences to his family and friends and to all the...

Secretary General Jagland welcomes Bosnia Herzegovina’s commitment to undertake necessary reforms

23 February 2015 Strasbourg
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed Bosnia Herzegovina’s commitment to undertake reforms in the framework of the European Union Accession Process. He described the...

Secretary ‎General condemns desecration of Jewish graves vandalised in Sarre-Union

16 February 2015 Strasbourg
In a statement on Monday, the Secretary ‎General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, condemned the desecration of Jewish graves in Sarre-Union: “I join the French government and President...

Secretary ‎General made statement on Copenhagen shooting, stressed commitment to freedom of expression

14 February 2015 Starsbourg
Council of Europe Secretary ‎General Jagland made the following statement on Copenhagen shooting: "Our thoughts go out to Denmark and the victims of these attacks. The shooting Copenhagen so...

Secretary General Jagland: Ukraine needs constitutional reform process and decentralisation

12 February 2015 Strasbourg
In a statement this morning, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, welcomed today’s agreement in Minsk on the withdrawal of heavy weapons and a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine...

Secretary General meets the Minister of Justice of Finland

11 February 2015 Strasbourg
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met today the Minister of Justice of Finland, Anna-Maja Henriksson. Discussions focused on the crisis in Ukraine, combatting terrorism and the cooperation...

Secretary General and Vice President Dombrovskis discuss social Europe

10 February 2015 Strasbourg
Secretary General Jagland and Deputy Secretary General Battaini-Dragoni today met Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Vice President for the Euro and Social Dialogue. The discussion focused on...

Secretary General meets Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina

9 February 2015 Strasbourg
In the margins of the Munich Security Conference last weekend, Secretary General Jagland had a bilateral meeting with Dr. Zlatko Lagumdzija, Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia and...

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe will participate in the Munich Security Conference from 6 to 8 February

5 February 2015 Strasbourg
A key topic of the conference is the conflict in Ukraine. The Council of Europe is currently advising Ukraine on judicial and constitutional reforms including on the issues of decentralisation and...

President von Weizsäcker was "Germany's best ambassador" said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland.

31 January 2015 Strasbourg
In a statement today, Mr Jagland honoured Germany's former President Richard von Weizsäcker. "President von Weizsäcker was an exceptionally sincere and wise politician, a true internationalist and...

Freedom of expression ends where violence begins

29 January 2015 Strasbourg
Secretary General on Ukraine: no lasting ceasefire without political solution In his speech today to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland...

Secretary General welcomes Russia's Supreme Court Decision on Memorial

28 January 2015 Strasbourg
Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to dismiss the request for the closure of the NGO "Memorial". “This...

Secretary General condemns separatist offensive at Mariupol

24 January 2015 Strasbourg
Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland condemned the separatist offensive at Mariupol: "The latest military offensive by separatist forces in south eastern Ukraine is an outrageous breach of...

Davos: Secretary General Jagland and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin discuss eastern Ukraine, reforms

22 January 2015 Davos
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met Foreign Minister of Ukraine Mr Pavlo Klimkin today in Davos, Switzerland. They discussed the extremely difficult and serious situation in the eastern Ukraine...

Secretary General meets Latvian Prime Minister

15 January 2015 Strasbourg
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today met Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma for talks on the Latvian EU Presidency, co-operation with the Council of Europe and the current security...

'Charlie Hebdo' massacre, attack on democratic society

12 January 2015 Strasbourg
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland joined the Unity Rally for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack and for freedom of expression in Paris by invitation of President Hollande...

Secretary General in Ankara

6-7 January 2015 Ankara
Secretary General Jagland has welcomed Turkey's intention strengthen co-operation with the Council of Europe, and to become a major contributor to the Organisation's budget, together with the other...