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 Jagland statement on Ukraine clashes

Strasbourg,  13 April 2014, Reacting to the situation in Ukraine, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland released the following statement: "I am deeply concerned by reports of violent clashes in Ukraine today. I call on all parties in Ukraine to refrain from violence and to engage in political negotiations about the future of the nation. Ukraine's international partners should support the country to find solutions leading to peace and stability." Read also: ...

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Integration of Roma in towns and cities remains one of Europe’s biggest challenges

Strasbourg,  7 April 2014, On the occasion of the International Day of Roma, 8 April, the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland released the following statement: "International Roma Day should remind us of the Roma people's rich contribution to European culture. [...] However,...

Agreement on a Council of Europe office in Morocco

Brussels,  2 April 2014, The Council of Europe and the government of Morocco have signed an agreement formally creating a Council of Europe office in Rabat. The text was signed in Brussels by Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Mbarka Bouaida,...

New cooperation agreement between European Commission and Council of Europe on human rights, democracy and rule of law

Brussels,  1 April 2014, The European Commission and the 47-nation Council of Europe have today signed a " Statement of Intent" putting in place a new framework for cooperation in the EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Regions for the period 2014-2020. The agreement will...