Thorbjørn Jagland: European Union is Council of Europe’s most important institutional partner

Brussels , 

Secretary General met Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, President of the European Commission, on 19 October in Brussels, during his first official mission since his election. The meeting focused on the review of the partnership between the two institutions, following the Memorandum of Understanding signed in May 2007, which recognised the Council of Europe as ''the benchmark for human rights, the rule of law and democracy in Europe.''