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: Loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17, reminder that conflict in eastern Ukraine must end

Strasbourg,  18 July 2014, Following the jet crash report in eastern Ukraine, the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland says he is shocked over the tragic loss of life: “I...

Ukrainian Vice-Prime Minister Hroisman submits constitutional amendments for assessment by Venice Commission

Strasbourg,  8 July 2014, The Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodimir Hroisman on Tuesday met Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland to discuss constitutional and judicial...

Secretary General meets French Minister for Europe Harlem Désir

Strasbourg,  1 July 2014, The French Minister for European Affairs, Harlem Désir visited the Council of Europe on Tuesday. He congratulated M. Jagland on his reelection as...

Thorbjørn Jagland re-elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Strasbourg,  24 June 2014, The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) today re-elected Thorbjørn Jagland (Norway) Secretary General of the Council of Europe for a...

Council of Europe welcomes Ukraine peace plan

Strasbourg,  21 June 2014, Secretary General Jagland has welcomed the plan put forward by the President Ukraine on a peaceful settlement of the situation in the eastern...

Attack on Roma youth near Paris shameful and inexcusable

Strasbourg,  17 June 2014, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland joined President Hollande and many politicians and rights groups in France in their condemnation of a vigilante...

Secretary General Jagland in The Hague for meetings with Foreign Minister Timmermans and Parliamentarians

Strasbourg,  16 June 2017, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will be in The Hague on Tuesday 17 June 2014. He will meet Foreign Minister Timmermans to discuss the human...

Secretary General meets President and Foreign Minister of Portugal

Strasbourg,  12 June 2014, Secretary General Jagland has met President Aníbal Cavaco Silva and Foreign Minister Rui Machete during a two-day visit to Portugal. Mr Jagland also...

Secretary General attends inauguration ceremony of Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko

Strasbourg,  6 June 2014, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland attended the inauguration ceremony of Ukraine’s new president Petro Poroshenko on Saturday in Kiev. The Council...

Minister Orlando welcomed the recent reforms of the Council of Europe and its good co-operation with Italy

Strasbourg,  5 June 2014, In Rome, the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland had a very constructive meeting with Italian Minister of Justice, Andrea Orlando, and members...

Secretary General Jagland attends “Solidarity Prize” ceremony in Warsaw

Strasbourg,  3 June 2014, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is in Warsaw today, taking part in the award ceremony of the first “Solidarity Prize” of the Republic of Poland....

Secretary General and Ukraine’s President Poroshenko discuss Council of Europe’s role in constitutional reforms

Strasbourg,  30 May 2014, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland had a constructive telephone conversation with Petro Poroshenko yesterday. He congratulated the president again...

Secretary General meets President Basescu and political leaders in Romania

Strasbourg,  28 May 2014, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is in Bucharest on Thursday 29 May to meet with President Traian Basescu, Minister for Foreign Affairs Titus...

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland makes a working visit to Madrid

Strasbourg,  27 May 2014, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is in Madrid today, where he met with José Manuel García-Margallo, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation...

Secretary General Jagland congratulates Ukrainian people and Petro Poroshenko on Presidential election

Strasbourg,  25 May 2014, On Sunday evening, Secretary General issued a statement on the Ukrainian Presidential election: "I congratulate the Ukrainian people on the election...

Secretary General launches Council of Europe Action Plan for Azerbaijan

Strasbourg,  20 May 2014, The “ Action Plan for Azerbaijan 2014-2016 ” was today launched in Baku by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Fikrat Mammadov,...

Secretary General Jagland to address human rights violations in Azerbaijan

Strasbourg,  19 May 2014, During a two-day visit to Azerbaijan on 20-21 May Secretary General Jagland will address the issue of human rights violations with President Aliyev...

LGBT rights are human rights, not special rights

Strasbourg,  16 May 2014,  In an  interview with the Associated Press  about the International Day Against Homophobia, Secretary General Thorbjørn...

Secretary General Jagland urges Belarus to adopt moratorium on death penalty

Strasbourg,  15 May 2014, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today expressed his dismay at reports of what appears to be the second execution in Belarus this year....
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