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. 

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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Secretary General announces new initiatives in the areas of freedom of expression and democratic participation

Strasbourg,  16 September 2014, Presenting his agenda for the next five years to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers today, Secretary General Jagland gave top priority to the implementation of the European Human Rights Convention (ECHR) and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in the member states. “The aim must be to put in place legislation in all our member States which is in conformity with the ECHR and to make sure that judicial...

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Secretary General praises Tunisian example of “wind of change” in southern Mediterranean

Lisbon,  15 September 2014, For the some 200 participants of the Lisbon Forum this year, hosted by the Council of Europe’s North-South Centre , the theme of consolidating democracy via free and fair elections focused on the countries of the so-called Arab Spring. In...

Council of Europe and European Broadcasting Union reinforce cooperation to promote public service media

Strasbourg,  08 September 2014, The Council of Europe and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have agreed to increase their cooperation to promote public service media in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. This was decided today during a meeting in Strasbourg between...

Ukraine: Secretary General welcomes the ceasefire agreement

Strasbourg,  06 September 2014, The Secretary General has welcomed the ceasefire agreement reached at the meeting of the contact group in Minsk on Friday 5 September, saying: "Everybody I talked to in Moscow and Kyiv this week wanted a ceasefire. I am relieved to hear...