Thorbjørn Jagland visits Altınözü refugee camp near Turkey’s Syrian border

6 February 2013 Hatay

By invitation of Turkish Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, visited the Altinozu refugee camp near the Syrian border where he exchanged views with refugees and officials. Turkey, a founding member state of the Council of Europe,...

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Secretary General makes official visit to Turkey

6 February 2013 Strasbourg

The Secretary General met with Turkish President Abdullah Gül, where discussions focused on freedom of expression and media and the political will of Turkey to address these issues. Discussions also touched upon the work on the new Turkish Constitution, the Council of Europe's neighbourhood...

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"Freedom of expression strengthens democracy", says Jagland in Ankara

5 February 2013 Ankara

Delivering the opening speech of the conference on freedom of expression and media in Turkey, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, whilst recognising that some progress has been achieved, stressed the need for action to bring Turkish legislation in line with Council of Europe standards. "There...

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US intends to join Council of Europe constitutional expert body

30 January 2013 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland welcomed the announcement of the US State Department at the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers today to seek full membership of the European Commission for Democracy through Law, known as the "Venice Commission". "This announcement by the State Department is good...

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Thorbjørn Jagland calls for coordinated response to violent extremism

29 January 2013 Brussels

Speaking at a high-level conference in Brussels this afternoon, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland urged international bodies to work together with stakeholders at the national level to help tackle violent extremism. "Local authorities and communities are the front line in our fight against...

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Secretary General welcomes changes to Hungarian laws on media and judiciary

29 January 2013 Strasbourg

At a press conference today in Brussels, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, presented the Organisation's assessment of Hungary's media laws and judicial reforms. "Significant progress has been made. The outcome of our dialogue with the Hungarian authorities will in...

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Jean-Claude Mignon and Štefan Füle: our co-operation is a powerful tool to support democracy

Parliamentary Assembly 24/01/2013 Strasbourg

Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, issued today the following statement, on the occasion of Commissioner Füle's visit to the Parliamentary Assembly...

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Secretary General welcomes publication of anti-torture Committee report on Russian Federation

24 January 2013 Strasbourg

"I welcome the decision of the Russian Government to request the publication of this report as a sign of openness which I trust will continue in the future," said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. " I am confident that this is the beginning of a new policy of the Russian...

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Thorbjørn Jagland: ''Corruption is the biggest threat to democracy in Europe today''

22 January 2013 Strasbourg

Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland today issued an impassioned call for Europe to reaffirm its collective and individual commitment to protect human rights, solidarity and democracy, but warned that widespread corruption was undermining citizens' trust in the rule of...

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