Thorbjørn Jagland meets Ban Ki-moon

19 September 2010 New York

Secretary General Jagland thanked his UN counterpart for accepting the invitation to visit the Council of Europe on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. This is a clear illustration of ever closer relationship between the two bodies, which will be...

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Secretary General's official visit to Rome, 16 April 2010

16 April 2010 Rome

Secretary General: ''Italy is strongly committed to a Europe of human rights'' “Italy is strongly committed to a Europe of human rights,” Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland declared after his meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini on 16 April. Frattini strongly voiced Italy’s...

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Secretary General visits ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'', 12 - 13 April 2010

13 April 2010 Skopje

At the conclusion of a two-day visit to ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'' Thorbjørn Jagland said he has met 'dedicated leaders in Skopje with a clear vision for the Council of Europe in the 21st century.' Following meetings with several key government officials – pictured here with...

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Secretary General's official visit to Brussels, 15-16 February 2010

16 February 2010 Brussels

Secretary General: ''EU accession to Human Rights' Convention is historic development'' ''The accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights is a new, historic change in the co-operation on democratic security and stability in Europe'', said Thorbjørn Jagland today in...

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Ministers’ Deputies meeting

21 January 2010 Strasbourg

Secretary General's reform unanimously supported by Committee of Ministers The proposal to reform the Council of Europe presented by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on 20 January received unanimous support by the Committee of Ministers of the Organisation. "It's a new time. The political...

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Thorbjørn Jagland meets President of European Council Herman Van Rompuy

2 March 2010 Brussels

The Secretary General met for the first time the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy on 2 March in Brussels. The meeting focused on the relationship between the Council of Europe and the European Union in the perspective of strengthening multilateral co-operation in the larger...

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Secretary General's official visit to the United Kingdom and Germany

19 January 2010 London, Berlin

London and Berlin signal strong support for Thorbjørn Jagland's reforms On 18 and 19 January, Secretary General paid visits to the United Kingdom and Germany to meet leaders and discuss the future political structure of Europe. The visits took place just before the presentation to member states'...

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Secretary General's official visit to Turkey, 8-10 February 2010

10 February 2010 Istanbul

Reforms on human rights will strengthen Turkey and Europe "I have been reassured that human rights reform will continue, and that Turkey is committed to play its role in a new Europe", Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said upon concluding his visit to Turkey on Tuesday. During his visit,...

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Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

17 March 2010 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland: ''The Congress' monitoring is a key asset of the Council of Europe'' ''The Congress is making a very important contribution to our work on democracy, human rights and the rule of law. It is on the local level that a great majority of people get in contact with these Council of...

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Statement by the Secretary General

1 April 2010 Strasbourg

Council of Europe to advance human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons The Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed the decision of the Committee of Ministers on 31 March to adopt a recommendation to member states on measures to combat discrimination based on sexual...

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Secretary General on official visit to Belgrade - 14 April 2010

14 April 2010 Belgrade

Thorbjørn Jagland met with top government officials in Serbia on 14 April to examine how to further reinforce relations with the Council of Europe. He met with the President of Serbia, Boris Tadic, with the Prime Minister, Mirko Cvetkovic, and with the Minister of Justice, Snezana Malovic. (more...

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Parliamentary Assembly, Strasbourg, 26 - 30 April 2010

27 April 2010 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland: Greater coherence, cohesion and consolidation through reform Reforming the Council of Europe would make it ''more politically relevant and influential,'' Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has declared. The organisation would focus ''on what we can do best, in areas where we...

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Secretary General's visit to Georgia

2 July 2010 Tbilisi

Secretary General discusses Council of Europe activities in Georgia Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland visited Tbilisi on 2 July for talks with President Mikheil Saakashvili, Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze, Vice Prime Minister Yakobashvili and Chairman of Parliament Bakradze. He discusseed his...

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Meeting with Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission

7 July 2010 Strasbourg

European Commission and Council of Europe kick off joint talks on EU's accession to Convention on Human Rights Official talks started on 7 July on the European Union's accession to the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe,...

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Secretary General to visit the Struthof

11 September 2010 Struthof

Thorbjørn Jagland made a visit on 11 September to the Struthof site of the former Natzweiler concentration camp, accompanied by the families of Norwegian and Dutch survivors. ''Many of the witnesses who survived deportation to the concentration camps have now passed away, but we must remember...

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Meeting with French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Pierre Lellouche

17 September 2010 Paris

Council of Europe initiative on Roma supported by French Government Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, in a meeting on 17 September with French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Pierre Lellouche, got full support for his initiative for action at the European level on issues related to...

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Thorbjørn Jagland received award ''Bridge Builder of 2010'' from Norwegian 14 August Committee

25 September 2010 Oslo

The prize is awarded annually to individuals who make a valuable contribution to building bridges between people, religions and cultures. The 14 August Committee which also organises the Pakistani Independence Day in Norway awards the prize.

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Thorbjørn Jagland meets European Parliament President, Jerzy Buzek

25 November 2010 Strasbourg

At his first meeting with President Buzek, the Secretary General raised the prospects for a closer, strategic partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Union, building on the future EU accession to the European Convention on Human rights. Jagland and Buzek also exchanged views on...

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Secretary General reacts to the situation in Belarus

21 December 2010 Strasbourg

''President Lukashenko should accept that elections are an occasion for the people to choose its leaders, not the other way around. Flaws in Sunday's presidential vote, as reported by the OSCE, and the crackdown on protesters which we have witnessed since, are a regrettable sign that another...

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Allegations of illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo should not be left unanswered

15 December 2010 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland reacted to the Assembly report on inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo, by saying that it contains a number of very serious allegations. He called on all the competent authorities, including international ones, to do their utmost to...

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