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.

 

Selection of Opinion - Editorials

Council of Europe is not blind to Azerbaijan’s violations

22 May 2014 European Voice (Brussels)
Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe will put its violations of human rights in the spotlight, writes the secretary-general of the Council of Europe In recent days and weeks much has...

Aserbaidschan und die Menschenrechte

23 May 2014 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
In den vergangenen Tagen und Wochen ist in europäischen Medien viel über die Menschenrechtslage in Aserbaidschan berichtet worden ("Hilfe aus Baku. Aserbaidschans Gas könnte Europas Abhängigkeit...

ECHR ruling can lead to an excellent outcome for all but the extremists

15 février 2012 ("Financial Times")
Sir, "Those who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety" (Benjamin Franklin). In your editorial "A denial of justice made in...

Racism – Europe’s Common Problem

29 July 2011 ("Aftenposten")
Since the terrorist attacks in Oslo and Utøya, countless foreign media have sought my opinion. They all ask the same questions: What will happen in Norway now? Will Norway be recognisable after...

A new era for privacy by Thorbjørn Jagland

27 January 2011 (European Voice / International)
New media are challenging the traditional boundaries of data protection. This year's Data Protection Day – 28 January – takes place against a backdrop of international controversy, with debate...

Thorbjørn Jagland : Democratic Security and Respect for Human Rights in the 21st century

4 janvier 2011 (New Europe / International)
Europe has witnessed dramatic changes in recent years , which gave Europe more peace and unity than ever before in its history, as well as a constant economic growth which - combined with a...

Only in Europe have we taken seriously the Universal declaration of Human rights

5 November 2010 (''Toute l'Europe'')
Toute l'Europe: As you know, yesterday was the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the European Convention of Human Rights. What happened during these 60 years, what results did it manage to...

Finally One Europe without dividing lines?

30 August 2010 (''New Europe'')
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe outlines the progressive accession of the European Union to the European Convention of Human Rights, it may still take a while 1950-2010: sixty years...

Banning the burqa compromises the very principles that we value

7 July 2010 (''The Independent'')
No woman should be forced to wear religious apparel by her community or family. Nobody should be forced to go to any kind of house of prayer. We say no to oppressive doctrines or laws which limit...

We must look deeper for Europe's future

4 July 2010 (''New Europe'')
Europe's human rights landscape is about to change. The accession of the European Union to the European Convention of Human Rights, made possible by the Lisbon Treaty, will complete a cycle begun...

Spectres of inhumanity

29 June 2010 (''The Guardian'')
New hatreds are surfacing in Europe. The economic crisis cannot be an excuse to walk over human rights Europe's human rights landscape is about to change. The accession of the EU to the European...

Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity should be consigned to the pages of history!

17 May 2010 / 31 May 2010 (''Metro magazine'', Poland; ''Têtu'', France / ''New Europe'')
17 May marks the International Day against Homophobia. Europe has seen important progress in addressing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. But there is more to be...

65 years of humanity and a new Europe

11 May 2010 (''Kommersant'')
By Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe I would like to use the opportunity of the 65th anniversary of the Victory in Europe day to express the deepest gratitude to the...

Europe must defend free expression

3 May 2010 / 10 May 2010 (''The Guardian''/''New Europe')
The fate of imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev is a matter of grave concern. He has been jailed for three years on dubious charges by the Azerbaijani authorities. He is an award-winning...

Europe speaks back

29 mars 2010 (''Time'') version anglaise
Europe is hardly shrinking. The European project is far from perfect and the E.U. currently faces many challenges, from bolstering the euro, to creating a stronger presence in the international...

An Internet by the people, for the people, with the people!

10 December 2009 ("Politiken", Denmark; "Delo", Slovenia; "Politika", Serbia; "Le Temps", Switzerland)
Last month in China, President Barack Obama said that criticism on the Internet had made him a better president. There is no doubt that the Internet renders our decision makers more transparent and...