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.

 

Selection of Opinion - Editorials

Council of Europe is not blind to Azerbaijan’s violations

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

Aserbaidschan und die Menschenrechte

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,  23 May 2014, In den vergangenen Tagen und Wochen ist in europäischen Medien viel über die Menschenrechtslage in Aserbaidschan berichtet worden...

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

("Financial Times"),  15 février 2012, Sir, "Those who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety" (Benjamin Franklin)....

Racism – Europe’s Common Problem

("Aftenposten"),  29 July 2011, 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...

A new era for privacy by Thorbjørn Jagland

(European Voice / International),  27 January 2011, New media are challenging the traditional boundaries of data protection. This year's Data Protection Day – 28 January – takes...

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

(New Europe / International),  4 janvier 2011, Europe has witnessed dramatic changes in recent years , which gave Europe more peace and unity than ever before in its history, as...

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

(''Toute l'Europe''),  5 November 2010, Toute l'Europe: As you know, yesterday was the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the European Convention of Human Rights. What...

Finally One Europe without dividing lines?

(''New Europe''),  30 August 2010, The Secretary General of the Council of Europe outlines the progressive accession of the European Union to the European Convention of Human...

Banning the burqa compromises the very principles that we value

(''The Independent''),  7 July 2010, 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 must look deeper for Europe's future

(''New Europe''),  4 July 2010, 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...

Spectres of inhumanity

(''The Guardian''),  29 June 2010, 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...

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

(''Metro magazine'', Poland; ''Têtu'', France / ''New Europe''),  17 May 2010 / 31 May 2010, 17 May marks the International Day against Homophobia. Europe has seen important...

65 years of humanity and a new Europe

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

Europe must defend free expression

(''The Guardian''/''New Europe'),  3 May 2010 / 10 May 2010, The fate of imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev is a matter of grave concern. He has been jailed for three years on...

Europe speaks back

(''Time'') version anglaise,  29 mars 2010, Europe is hardly shrinking. The European project is far from perfect and the E.U. currently faces many challenges, from bolstering the...

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

("Politiken", Denmark; "Delo", Slovenia; "Politika", Serbia; "Le Temps", Switzerland),  10 December 2009, Last month in China, President Barack Obama said that criticism on the...