European Broadcasting Union and Council of Europe join forces to promote media freedom and pluralism

20 June 2011 Bonn

Today the Council of Europe and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn. The Memorandum of Understanding defines shared objectives and values, in particular the promotion and protection of human rights, democracy...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland writes to Prime Minister Berisha about local elections in Albania

14 June 2011 Strasbourg

In a letter to Prime Minister Berisha, Thorbjørn Jagland expressed his concern about the situation which followed the recent elections in Albania, and in particular the controversy related to the election of the mayor of Tirana. The Secretary General called for a genuine dialogue between Albanian...

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Thorbjørn Jagland meets UK Foreign Secretary William Hague

7 June 2011 London

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today met with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague at the Foreign Office in London. Mr Hague and Mr Jagland agreed on the need for reform of the Council of Europe, and in particular reform of the European Court of Human Rights, which will be a priority of the UK...

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Secretary General Jagland calls for important change to Russian legal system

20 May 2011 Saint Petersburg

In his speech to the First Petersburg International Legal Forum, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland called for an important reform of the Russian legal system. "A large part of cases concerning Russia which are before the European Court of Human Rights are appeals to decisions taken by the...

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Thorbjørn Jagland visits Sweden

20 May 2011 Stockholm

"We need active and strong political commitment by all member states to ensure the successful accession of the European Union to the ECHR" said Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on a recent visit to Stockholm, where he discussed EU accession to the European Convention of Human Rights, the Group...

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Secretary General Jagland concerned about growing tensions in Albania

19 May 2011 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland adds his voice to those of other international partners in their call for self-restraint and full respect of the democratic process, with regard to the growing tensions in Albania following the local elections. ''I urge all political leaders to find a way out...

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Belarus jails opposition presidential candidate - reaction by Thorbjørn Jagland

17 May 2011 Strasbourg

Secretary General condemns the sentence of 5 years imprisonment handed down to former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov, as well as the jail terms handed down to opposition activists in Belarus. ''The imposition of such harsh and politically driven sentences is a clear signal of the...

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Secretary General Jagland calls for an end to violence against Hungarian Roma

27 April 2011 Strasbourg

In a statement released after last night's violent clash between members of a paramilitary ''civil guard'' organisation and local Roma people in the Hungarian village of Gyöngyöspata, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland recalled the duty of all member states to protect the life and property of...

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Secretary General meets with President Yanukovich and UN Secretary General

21 April 2011 Strasbourg

President Yanukovych and Secretary general Jagland discussed the priorities of the upcoming Ukrainian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers and the assistance the Council of Europe will continue to provide to help Ukraine meet the obligations arising from Council of Europe membership....

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Council of Europe hosts special UN Security Council meeting on terrorism

19 April 2011 Strasbourg

Aimed at speeding up international efforts to fight terrorism, the three-day meeting will bring together international, regional and subregional organisations, on 19-21 April in Strasbourg. Chairman of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, Hardeep Singh Puri, and Council of Europe...

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Jagland: ''MONEYVAL makes a real difference''

13 April 2011 Strasbourg

Preventing money-laundering is a key battle in the campaign to “counter and defeat threats to the rule of law,” Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has declared. Speaking on 13 April at a meeting of the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures (MONEYVAL), the...

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Council of Europe now has greater relevance - fewer activities, more action to follow

11 April 2011 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland called on Delegates to the Assembly to play their part in the Council of Europe’s political reform to make the whole Organisation more politically relevant, effective and influential. He said that the Organisation was now quicker and more focused in its...

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Secretary General writes to President Aliyev about compliance with Council of Europe standards in Azerbaijan

21 March 2011 Strasbourg

In a letter to President Aliyev of Azerbaijan, Thorbjørn Jagland expressed his concerns about the respect for the pluralism of political debate, freedom of expression, and freedom of association in the country. The Secretary General called for a change to the very restrictive approach to the...

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Secretary General sends letter of support to Japan

14 March 2011 Strasbourg

In his letter sent on 14 March to the Prime Minister of Japan, Secretary General expressed his condolences and solidarity with the people of Japan after the tragic loss of countless human lives following the earthquake and the devastating tsunami which struck Japan last Friday. ''I am deeply...

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International Women's Day: A decade to end inequality

8 March 2011 Strasbourg

''We must use the second decade of the 21st century to make equality between men and women a reality'', said Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. ''Equality in professional and political life is essential to equality and respect in the private sphere''. Highlighting three key areas of concern,...

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Secretary General meets Italian Minister of Justice Alfano

8 March 2011 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland met on 8 March in Strasbourg with Italian Minister of Justice Angelino Alfano. The meeting focused on the Reform of the Council of Europe and on the European Union accession to the European Convention on Human Rights. In relation to recent developments in the southern...

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High Level Meeting Council of Europe – European Union

4 March 2011 Brussels

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland and the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, met today in Brussels with EU Vice-President and High Representative Catherine Ashton. The meeting focused on recent...

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Shared social responsibility: creating vision and rebuilding confidence in future

1 March 2011 Brussels

“Europe has one common identity, the one enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights, which remains a fundamental cornerstone of Europe, forming our democracy, developing our societies”, said Thorbjørn Jagland on 1 March in Brussels at conference “Shared social responsibility”, in which...

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Secretary General visits Romania and Bulgaria, 21-23 February 2011

21 February 2011 Bucarest, Sofia

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is looking forward to strengthened cooperation with Romania and Bulgaria following his talks with senior government officials in both countries. During his visit to Romania on 21 and 22 February, the Secretary General urged the Romanian authorities to find a...

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Data Protection Day: ''Privacy still matters''

28 January 2011 Brussels

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has urged lawmakers and representatives of industry and civil society from across the world to take part in the modernisation of the Council of Europe convention on data protection. "The only way to effectively balance freedom of expression and individuals'...

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