EU accession to Human Rights Convention

Parlimentary Assembly 18 December 2014 Strasbourg

Let's overcome hurdles to ensure EU accedes to the Human Rights Convention, says President of the Parliamentary Assembly

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Eastern Partnership

Council of Europe 18 December 2014 Strasbourg

Council of Europe and European Commission boost cooperation in Eastern Europe

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EU-Council of Europe cooperation

Secretary General 12 November 2014 Strasbourg

Joint Statement by European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans and Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

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Thorbjørn Jagland in Brussels

Secretary General 12 November 2014 Strasbourg

The Secretary General was in Brussels for meetings with high-level representatives of the European Union and the Belgian authorities. Topics for discussion with the First Vice President of the EU Commission, Frans Timmermans, include the state of human rights and democracy in Europe, the EU’s...

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Secretary General

Secretary General and Irish Foreign Minister Charles Flanagan discuss human rights in Europe

21/10/2014 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland and Ireland’s Foreign Minister, Charles Flanagan, met in Strasbourg today to discuss the state of human rights in Europe, the situation in Ukraine, Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe and the Secretary General’s priorities for the next five years. Mr Flanagan also...

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Secretary General praises Tunisian example of “wind of change” in southern Mediterranean

15 September 2014 Lisbon

For the some 200 participants of the Lisbon Forum this year, hosted by the Council of Europe’s North-South Centre, the theme of consolidating democracy via free and fair elections focused on the countries of the so-called Arab Spring. In co-opening the forum – along with Mr. Fayçal Gouiaa, State...

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Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Grants for multi-ethnic municipalities in South-East Europe

12/09/2014 Strasbourg

The Joint European Union / Council of Europe Regional Project “Promoting Human Rights and Minority Protection in South East Europe” has issued a call for expression of interest for small grants for multi-ethnic municipalities in South East Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia,...

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Secretary General meets President Basescu and political leaders in Romania

28 May 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is in Bucharest on Thursday 29 May to meet with President Traian Basescu, Minister for Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean and the President of the Chamber of the Deputies Valeriu Zgonea. Mr. Jagland is also meeting with the Romanian delegation to the Parliamentary...

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Secretary General launches Council of Europe Action Plan for Azerbaijan

20 May 2014 Strasbourg

The “Action Plan for Azerbaijan 2014-2016” was today launched in Baku by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Fikrat Mammadov, Minister of Justice of Azerbaijan. The Action Plan adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 16 April, is a tool designed for assisting Azerbaijan in its efforts to...

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Kiev: Secretary General Jagland and Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz meet with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Foreign Minister Deshchytsia

30 April 2014 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz are in Kiev today for talks about the situation in Ukraine, and in particular eastern Ukraine. Meetings are scheduled with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Foreign Minister Deshchytsia, among others....

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Europe takes major step forward to protect women’s rights, says Secretary General Jagland

23 April 2014 Strasbourg

As Andorra became the 10th country to ratify the Council of Europe's Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the treaty – which required 10 ratifications to enter into force – will become applicable on 1 August this year. In a statement today, Council...

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International Advisory Panel on Ukraine concludes first working session

15 April 2014 Strasbourg

The first working session of the International Advisory Panel on Ukraine took place at the Palais de l'Europe, Strasbourg, from 9 to 11 April 2014. The International Advisory Panel (IAP) was initiated in December 2013 by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. With the appointment of its Members,...

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Secretary General Jagland statement on Ukraine clashes

13 April 2014 Strasbourg

Reacting to the situation in Ukraine, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland released the following statement: "I am deeply concerned by reports of violent clashes in Ukraine today. I call on all parties in Ukraine to refrain from violence and to engage in political negotiations about the future of...

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Integration of Roma in towns and cities remains one of Europe’s biggest challenges

7 April 2014 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the International Day of Roma, 8 April, the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland released the following statement: "International Roma Day should remind us of the Roma people's rich contribution to European culture. [...] However, the sad reality is that most of Europe's ten...

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International Advisory Panel on Ukraine investigations meets for the first time at the Council of Europe

7 April 2014 Strasbourg

The International Advisory Panel initiated by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland to oversee judicial investigations of violent clashes between protesters and security forces since the end of November 2013 will meet for the first time on Wednesday 9 April at the Council of Europe. The members of...

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Agreement on a Council of Europe office in Morocco

2 April 2014 Brussels

The Council of Europe and the government of Morocco have signed an agreement formally creating a Council of Europe office in Rabat. The text was signed in Brussels by Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Mbarka Bouaida, Morocco's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and...

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Secretary General Jagland, UN's Ban Ki-moon and Belgian Deputy PM Reynders join forces against genocide

1 April 2014 Brussels

Secretary General Jagland joined UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders in raising awareness of the threats of mass atrocities at the International Conference on Genocide Protection in Brussels on 1 April. In his speech, Mr. Jagland emphasised that...

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Council of Europe and European Union

New cooperation agreement between European Commission and Council of Europe on human rights, democracy and rule of law

01/04/2014 Strasbourg

The European Commission and the 47-nation Council of Europe have today signed a “Statement of Intent” putting in place a new framework for cooperation in the EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Regions for the period 2014-2020. The agreement will enable the two organisations to work together in a...

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Thorbjørn Jagland and Catherine Ashton to discuss Ukraine in Brussels

31 March 2014 Brussels

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is paying a working visit to Brussels on 31 March and 1 April. On Monday 31 March, the Secretary General is meeting the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, primarily to discuss the situation in...

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Secretary General meets Italian Minister of Justice Orlando

25 March 2014 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland today met the Italian Minister of Justice, Andrea Orlando. The exchange of views focused on ongoing prison reform in Italy to tackle overcrowding in detention centres. Minister Orlando has presented a plan to the Secretary General highlighting the progress already made and...

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