Secretary General speaks at Education Ministers Conference in Helsinki

25 April 2013 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is conducting a visit to Helsinki, including meetings with President Sauli Niinistö, Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja. The focus of discussions is Finland in the Council of Europe, reform of the Organisation, and...

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes agreement in the EU-facilitated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo*

21 April 2013 Strasbourg

Following the agreement between Serbia and Kosovo*, Secretary General Jagland published the following statement: "I whole-heartedly welcome the important results achieved by the Serbian and Kosovo* leaders in their EU-facilitated dialogue. What they achieved today through courage, patience and...

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes agreement in the EU-facilitated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo*

19/04/2013 Strasbourg

Following the agreement between Serbia and Kosovo*, Secretary General Jagland published the following statement: "I whole-heartedly welcome the important results achieved by the Serbian and Kosovo* leaders in their EU-facilitated dialogue. What they achieved today through courage, patience and...

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Secretary General Jagland commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

18 April 2013 Strasbourg

On 19 April Poland will mark the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising with the opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and a commemoration ceremony. The ceremony will be attended by the last hero of the Uprising. Paying tribute to those who resisted Nazi oppression...

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Commissioner Füle and Secretary General Jagland regret lack of progress in implementing Sejdić-Finci judgement

8 April 2013 Strasbourg

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Mr Štefan Füle and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Mr Thorbjørn Jagland regret that narrow party and ethnic interests continue to prevail over genuine engagement to end the constitutional discrimination of many citizens of...

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International Roma Day: Secretary General visits camps in Strasbourg

8 april 2013 Strasbourg

On the occasion of International Roma Day, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland visited two Roma camps in Strasbourg, where the organisation is based. Accompanied by the city of Strasbourg's Deputy Mayor, and head of European and International relations, Nawel Rafik-Elmrini, Mr...

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes decision of Ukrainian President Yanukovych to pardon former minister Yuri Lutsenko

7 April 2013 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes the decision of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to pardon former minister Yuri Lutsenko: "I welcome the decision of President Yanukovych to pardon former Ministers Lutsenko and Filipchuk as well as four other persons. It follows the spirit of the...

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Milestone reached in negotiations on accession of EU to the European Convention on Human Rights

Secretary General 05/04/2013 Strasbourg

Negotiators of the 47 Council of Europe member states and the European Union have finalised the draft accession agreement of the European Union to the European Convention on Human rights. The EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg will now be asked to give its opinion on the text. Accession of the EU...

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Milestone reached in negotiations on accession of EU to the European Convention on Human Rights

5 April 2013 Strasbourg

Negotiators for the Council of Europe and the European Union have finalised the draft accession agreement of the European Union to the European Convention on Human rights. The EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg will now be asked to give its opinion on the text. Accession of the EU to the ECHR will...

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Secretary General calls on states to focus support for Roma on education

21 March 2013 Bucharest

In a video message from Bucharest, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today urged governments to co-operate in the integration of the Roma and to make education a priority in support projects at the local, national and European level. During his official visit to Romania, the Secretary General...

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Secretary General Jagland makes official visit to Romania

20 March 2013 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is making an official visit to Romania on 20-21 March. In Bucharest, Mr. Jagland is holding bilateral meetings with the President of Romania Traian Băsescu, the Prime Minister Victor Ponta, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlăţean, the...

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Secretary General congratulates Francis on his election as new Pope

13 March 2013 Strasbourg

Following the election of Francis as new Pope, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement: "I congratulate Francis on his election as new Pope of the Catholic Church and head of state of the Holy See, an observer state to the Council of Europe. On behalf of the Council of...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland meets Israeli President Shimon Peres

12 March 2013 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met with Israeli President Shimon Peres, after Peres had delivered a speech to the European Parliament today. In their meeting, Peres and Jagland discussed Europe-Israeli relations, neighbourhood policy, and cooperation between Israel and the...

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Statement from the President of the European Commission and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the vote by the Hungarian Parliament of the Fourth amendment to the Hungarian Fundamental Law

11 march 2013 Strasbourg

"President Barroso and Secretary General Jagland take note of the adoption today of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution by the Hungarian Parliament. Unfortunately, experts from the Council of Europe and from the European Commission did not have the opportunity to discuss and clarify in...

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Secretary General questions expulsion of deputy from Ukrainian Parliament

7 March 2013 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has asked the Ukrainian authorities to explain on what legal basis Mr Serhiy Vlasenko, an opposition deputy, was stripped of his parliamentary seat yesterday. "I find it very unusual that a deputy elected by the people can be...

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Secretary General calls upon Hungarian government and parliament to postpone vote on constitutional amendments

6 March 2013 Strasbourg

In a statement today, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe calls upon the Hungarian government and parliament to postpone a vote on constitutional amendments scheduled for Monday so that the proposed amendments can be examined by the Venice Commission. "I am concerned about the...

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Secretary General warns over new wave of discrimination against Roma

26 February 2013 Geneva

In his speech to the UN Human Rights Council, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland expressed concern over the rise of anti-Gypsyism and racial violence towards Roma in Europe, and stressed the need for effective integration policies. "We need to change attitudes among the non- Roma population," he...

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Secretary General addresses UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

25 February 2013 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will address the dangers of rising discrimination against the Roma, Europe's largest minority, and the need for effective integration policies in a speech to the UN Human Rights Council on 26 February, in Geneva. He will meet with UN High Commissioner for Human...

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Thorbjørn Jagland shocked by Hatay explosion

11 February 2013 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, said in a statement today: "I was shocked when I heard of the deadly explosion in the Hatay province where I visited a refugee camp only last week. I extend my condolences to the families and relations of the dead and injured. All...

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Thorbjørn Jagland concerned by the recent events in Azerbaijan

8 February 2013 Strasbourg

Reacting to the decision today of the Baku Court of Appeal to maintain in detention two human rights activists, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement: "I am concerned by the recent events in Azerbaijan and the heavy-handed response of the police to protests. I am...

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