Secretary General announces new initiatives in the areas of freedom of expression and democratic participation

16 September 2014 Strasbourg

Presenting his agenda for the next five years to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers today, Secretary General Jagland gave top priority to the implementation of the European Human Rights Convention (ECHR) and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in the member states. “The...

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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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Council of Europe and European Broadcasting Union reinforce cooperation to promote public service media

08 September 2014 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have agreed to increase their cooperation to promote public service media in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. This was decided today during a meeting in Strasbourg between the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and EBU Director...

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Ukraine: Secretary General welcomes the ceasefire agreement

06 September 2014 Strasbourg

The Secretary General has welcomed the ceasefire agreement reached at the meeting of the contact group in Minsk on Friday 5 September, saying: "Everybody I talked to in Moscow and Kyiv this week wanted a ceasefire. I am relieved to hear this is now to become reality. I hope this can be the first...

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Secretary General Jagland meets Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and State Duma Speaker Naryshkin

4 September 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland had meetings today in Moscow with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and the Speaker of the Duma, Sergei Naryshkin. The frank and open talks focused on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, humanitarian assistance and the protection of human rights. Photo gallery Video...

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Secretary General Jagland meets Ukrainian President Poroshenko and Foreign Minister Klimkin

2 September 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland met Ukrainian President Poroshenko and Foreign Minister Klimkin in Kiev today. Talks focused on the situation in the country, in particular in eastern and southern parts, human rights and humanitarian aid and the Council of Europe's assistance towards reforms in the...

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Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland concerned about recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, USA

20 August 2014 Strasbourg

Statement of Secretary General Jagland on recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, USA: “The recent violent events in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of an unarmed teenager raise concern. I am particularly concerned by the reported use of excessive force by the police against peaceful...

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Secretary General Jagland calls on European governments to step up humanitarian aid in eastern Ukraine

19 August 2014 Strasbourg

On Tuesday morning, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland sent a letter to Council of Europe foreign ministers drawing attention to the worsening situation of displaced persons and made the following statement: “The humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine is worsening day by day. Innocent people...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents

10 August 2014 Strasbourg

In a statement today the Secretary General called on both sides to deescalate the violence: "I welcome the meeting held today in Sochi between President Aliyev of Azerbaijan, President Sargsyan of Armenia and President Putin of the Russian Federation. Following the latest armed incidents along...

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Say no to hate

22 July 2014 Strasbourg

On the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Utøya and Oslo, Norway, I encourage all to support and show solidarity for victims of hate crimes and for greater public awareness about the consequences of hate speech in our society. Whether motivated by racism, xenophobia, religious...

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Secretary General: Loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17, reminder that conflict in eastern Ukraine must end

18 July 2014 Strasbourg

Following the jet crash report in eastern Ukraine, the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland says he is shocked over the tragic loss of life: “I was shocked to learn about the tragic loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 over eastern Ukraine. I condemn this horrific act of terror which is the...

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Ukrainian Vice-Prime Minister Hroisman submits constitutional amendments for assessment by Venice Commission

8 July 2014 Strasbourg

The Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodimir Hroisman on Tuesday met Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland to discuss constitutional and judicial reforms. Mr Hroisman presented the main constitutional amendments concerning decentralisation, the powers of regional authorities, language policy and...

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Secretary General meets French Minister for Europe Harlem Désir

1 July 2014 Strasbourg

The French Minister for European Affairs, Harlem Désir visited the Council of Europe on Tuesday. He congratulated M. Jagland on his reelection as Secretary General and conveyed the French Government’s full support for the work of the Council of Europe. They discussed the situation in Ukraine and...

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Thorbjørn Jagland re-elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe

24 June 2014 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) today re-elected Thorbjørn Jagland (Norway) Secretary General of the Council of Europe for a five-year term. In the first round of the election, Thorbjørn Jagland obtained 156 votes (an absolute majority) and Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger...

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Council of Europe welcomes Ukraine peace plan

21 June 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland has welcomed the plan put forward by the President Ukraine on a peaceful settlement of the situation in the eastern regions of his country: "President Poroshenko has our full support for his peace plan for Eastern Ukraine. It is an important step towards lasting peace...

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Attack on Roma youth near Paris shameful and inexcusable

17 June 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland joined President Hollande and many politicians and rights groups in France in their condemnation of a vigilante attack on a Roma teenager in a Paris suburb. Speaking in The Hague after a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Timmermans, Mr. Jagland said: “Such...

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Secretary General Jagland in The Hague for meetings with Foreign Minister Timmermans and Parliamentarians

16 June 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will be in The Hague on Tuesday 17 June 2014. He will meet Foreign Minister Timmermans to discuss the human rights situation in Europe, the crisis in Ukraine and related topics. The Secretary General has been invited by the Senate to a special Committee meeting...

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Secretary General meets President and Foreign Minister of Portugal

12 June 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland has met President Aníbal Cavaco Silva and Foreign Minister Rui Machete during a two-day visit to Portugal. Mr Jagland also met members of the Portuguese delegation of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly. The main topics of discussion included European...

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Secretary General attends inauguration ceremony of Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko

6 June 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland attended the inauguration ceremony of Ukraine’s new president Petro Poroshenko on Saturday in Kiev. The Council of Europe remains committed to supporting Ukraine in its reforms, Secretary General stressed. President Poroshenko in return assured Mr. Jagland of...

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