Secretary General makes official visit to Serbia

12 March 2012 Serbia

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland launched on 12 March the Serbian version of the “Living Together” report in Belgrade during an official visit. Secretary General met Serbian President Boris Tadic and Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, along with Justice Minister Snežana Malović,...

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Compliance with democratic norms and values under serious threat in many parts of Europe

23 January 2012 Strasbourg

In his State of the Council of Europe speech to the Parliamentary Assembly today, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland pointed to key achievements in 2011 and challenges facing the Organisation in 2012 and beyond. He said that reforms have made the Council of Europe flexible and...

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Jagland discusses integration with eight Presidents in Helsinki

10 February 2012 Helsinki

Invited by President Halonen of Finland, Secretary General Jagland took part in a meeting with the presidents of Italy, Germany, Latvia, Portugal, Hungary, Slovenia and Finland. Secretary General presented a strategy for the democratic management of diversity in Europe. (see the report “Living...

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Secretary General calls on Dutch government to respond to concerns about problematic website

22 February 2012 Strasbourg

In a letter to Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has requested the Dutch government to clarify its position regarding a website sponsored by Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch political party PVV. The website is widely regarded as xenophobic because it solicits...

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Liechtenstein backs Council of Europe reform

2 March Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein's Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick has emphasised Liechtenstein's support for Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland's reform initiatives. The Secretary General expressed his appreciation for the important role of Liechtenstein in the Council of Europe and his gratitude for the country's...

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8 March – International Women’s Day

7 March 2012 Strasbourg

"Promoting equality between women and men must be at the heart of everything we do," asserted Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. "We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace unless women acquire the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of...

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Secretary General deeply saddened by execution in Belarus

17 March 2012 Strasbourg

Responding to the news of the execution of Dmitry Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalyov, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said today he was deeply saddened by yet another execution in Belarus. On Thursday Mr Jagland condemned President Lukashenko's decision not to pardon Konovalov...

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HM King Abdullah II of Jordan meets Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in Strasbourg

18 April 2012 Strasbourg

Today the Secretary General met with HM King Abdullah of Jordan and discussed a number of issues in international relations in the Organisation's southern neigbourhood, and the potential for the Council of Europe to use its instruments to build confidence there. The Council of Europe is ready to...

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Council of Europe announces joint action plan with Morocco

24 April 2012 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Moroccan Foreign Minister Saad Dine El Otmani have today signed an action plan of neighbourhood cooperation priorities with Morocco to take forward democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the country. Endorsed following a visit by the Secretary...

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Secretary General expresses his condolences following loss of life in Dagestan

4 May 2012 Strasbourg

In his letter to the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland strongly condemned the attacks in Makhachkala, Dagestan, and expressed his heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the families of victims. (more…)

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A constructive dialogue with Hungary on media legislation

16 May 2012 Strasbourg

The Hungarian Media Acts raised significant concerns internationally. In March 2012, I paid a visit to Budapest to meet Prime Minister Orbán, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Justice Navracsics, and Foreign Minister Martonyi. Since then, a constructive dialogue has...

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Secretary General Jagland visits Ukraine

10 September 2012 Ukraine

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is in Kyiv on Monday 10 September where he met President Viktor Yanukovych and Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, and addressed a conference on the implementation of the Council of Europe action plan for Ukraine. In his speech, the Secretary General...

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Secretary General condemns film “The innocence of Muslims”

18 September 2012 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe said today the European Convention on Human Rights offered guidance to European governments responding to the public outcry over the offending, anti-Islamic film. He condemned the film "The innocence of Muslims" as prejudiced and called on member...

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Secretary General Jagland concerned over law on homosexuality in Ukraine

5 October 2012 Strasbourg

In a letter sent to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Volodymyr Lytvyn, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland expressed deep concern over a bill which proposes to ban the so-called "promotion" of homosexuality. The Secretary General urged the Ukrainian authorities to guarantee...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland congratulates President Obama

07 November 2012 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe today issued the following statement on the reelection of President Obama: "I congratulate Barack Obama on his reelection and extend my best wishes for his second term in office. The Council of Europe values the constructive role of the United States...

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Thorbjørn Jagland took part in Strasbourg’s Hanukkah celebration

12 December 2012 Strasbourg

- The Secretary General lit the Flame of Peace on the giant Hanukkah menora which has been erected for the occasion, at the Place de Bordeaux in Strasbourg.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Secretary General calls on governments to “assume responsibilities” through Council of Europe standards

3 December 2012 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland called on governments today to use Council of Europe standards to protect and empower the millions affected by disability as he marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. "This year's theme of removing barriers to create an...

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: Thorbjørn Jagland calls on Governments to ratify treaty

23 November 2012 Strasbourg

Every day in Europe women are victims of violence just because they are women. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November reminds us all that we need to fight this violation of human rights. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating...

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Secretary General participates in "Science for Peace" event in Milan

17 November 2012 Milan

"The European model of tolerance, respect and plurality must be solidified", said Thorbjørn Jagland, addressing the prestigious audience of "Science for Peace" initiative at the University "Luigi Bocconi", on Saturday, 17th November. The Secretary General delivered a speech in the framework of...

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes new anti-corruption law in Italy

9 November 2012 Strasbourg

"Fighting corruption is a key priority of the Council of Europe", declared Thorbjørn Jagland, welcoming the new anti-corruption law in Italy. The new law, which refers to the Council of Europe Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (CETS n° 173), monitored by the Group of States against Corruption...

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