A new convention on trafficking in human organs

Council of Europe 25 March 2015 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs, the first ever international treaty to combat this crime, has been opened for signature at an international conference organised by the Council of Europe and the Spanish government in Santiago de Compostela (Spain). More than...

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Secretary General condemns deadly attack in Tunisia

Secretary General 18 March 2015 Strasbourg

All of us at the Council of Europe are shocked at the horrific terrorist attack in our partner country Tunisia. I extend my deepest condolences to all those suffering from the attack and express my solidarity with the people and government of Tunisia.

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Council of Europe and Ukraine launch new Action Plan

Secretary General 16 March 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin are launching the Council of Europe’s Action Plan for Ukraine 2015-2017. In Kyiv 17-18 March, Mr Jagland is meeting President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Chair of the Verkhovna...

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Secretary General met the Minister of Justice of Bulgaria

16 March 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today met Hristo Ivanov, Minister of Justice of Bulgaria, who is paying an official visit to the Council of Europe on 16-17 March. Secretary General Jagland and Minister Ivanov’s discussions focused on the government’s updated 7 years strategy for judicial...

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Secretary General Jagland in Kyiv 17-18 March to launch Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2015-2017

16 March 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland will be in Kyiv on 17-18 March 2015 for meetings with President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Groysman, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and other government officials. He will...

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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 Russian people. This political murder is a sign of the climate of hate and intolerance developing in...

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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 declaration by the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina as "an important step in addressing outstanding...

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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 Hollande in condemning this barbaric act of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is on the rise not only in...

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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 shortly after the massacre in Paris at Charlie Hebdo and a Kosher shop is another sign that freedom of...

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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 from this weekend. “Chancellor Merkel, President Hollande, President Putin and President Poroshenko...

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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 between the European Union and the Council of Europe.

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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 the relationship between the European Union and the Council of Europe in the area of social rights,...

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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 Herzegovina will take on the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers in the Council of Europe in...

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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 minority rights, which are important components of a political solution to the crisis. Press release

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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 Germany's best ambassador. His voice of reason shall be missed in Europe and throughout the...

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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 addressed the crisis in Ukraine, freedom of expression and the fight against terrorism. He advocated for a...

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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 decision is in line with previous calls by the Council of Europe, and will allow this prominent...

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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 the Minsk Protocol. I urge the separatists to continue the peace talks, rather than this mindless...

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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 and the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire and strict adherence to the Minsk Protocol...

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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 situation. They discussed measures to combat terrorism, in particular the Council of Europe's Convention...

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