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

1 April 2014 Brussels

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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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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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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Secretary General Jagland meets German Foreign Minister Steinmeier

21 March 2014 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland met German Foreign Minister Steinmeier in Berlin today to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the international response to events in Crimea.

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Secretary General Jagland and UK Foreign Secretary Hague discuss Council of Europe actions in Ukraine

20 March 2014 Strasbourg

Meeting in London on Thursday, the Secretary General Jagland and UK Foreign Secretary discussed the situation in Ukraine and the international response to events in Crimea. They agreed on the role of the Council of Europe in providing expertise and assistance to Ukraine towards for judicial and...

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Secretary General meets German President Gauck in Berlin

11 March 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is in Berlin today for an official visit and meeting with German President Joachim Gauck. Human rights in Europe and the crisis in Ukraine are on the agenda. The Secretary General is also meeting the German members of the Parliamentary Assembly. Germany and the...

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Secretary General Jagland and Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz on joint mission to Kiev

9 March 2014 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz visit Kiev on Monday for talks with the acting government and civil society. They met with the Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk and the Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov. They discussed measures...

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Secretary General Jagland warns against escalation in Ukraine's Crimea region. Extraordinary meeting of the Committee of Ministers

1 March 2014 Strasbourg

Responding to the news that the Russian Senate has approved the deployment of troops in Crimea, Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland warned against escalation in the region: "This is a very worrying development. I call on all parties to de-escalate the situation. Tensions in the area are...

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Council of Europe and the European Commission to support local authorities with Roma inclusion

25 February 2014 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor announced today, plans to reinforce local authorities' efforts to overcome inequalities between Roma and non-Roma citizens in their municipalities. A new...

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Council of Europe and the European Commission to support local authorities with Roma inclusion

25/02/2014 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor announced today, plans to reinforce local authorities' efforts to overcome inequalities between Roma and non-Roma citizens in their municipalities. A new...

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Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland statement on current situation in Ukraine

23 February 2014 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland statement on the current situation in Ukraine: "I call on the Verkhovna Rada to honour the commitments Ukraine took when entering the Council of Europe. All legislative initiatives have to be prepared on the basis of the principles and standards...

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes the Agreement on the Settlement of the Crisis in Ukraine

21 February 2014 Strasbourg

In a statement today Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed the agreement on the settlement of the crisis in Ukraine: "The Council of Europe welcomes the agreement achieved today as a result of the common efforts of the Ukrainian authorities and opposition with the...

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Secretary General Jagland confirms Council of Europe’s readiness to facilitate political dialogue and negotiations in Ukraine

20 February 2014 Strasbourg

In response to the conclusions of today's EU Foreign Affairs Council Secretary General Jagland made the following statement: "The Council of Europe is ready to facilitate political dialogue and negotiations in Ukraine. We can offer our legal and constitutional expertise based on the standards set...

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Secretary General Jagland: Ukrainian parliament should now have serious debate on how to end crisis

18 February 2014 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, issued the following statement: ‘'I strongly condemn the renewed outbreak of violence in Kiev resulting in the loss of lives. I call upon all political forces in Ukraine to act responsibly and refrain from further violent actions....

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Secretary General Jagland meets NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

14 February 2014 Brussels

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Friday. Mr. Jagland and Mr. Rasmussen discussed issues of common concern, in particular efforts to combat cybercrime and terrorism. More information

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Council of Europe’s No Hate Speech movement wants to make internet safer

10 February 2014 Strasbourg

Statement by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on the occasion of Safer Internet Day Children and young people need to be safe when they use the Internet, safe from abuse, safe from cyberbullying and safe from hate speech. Safer Internet Day offers us an opportunity to understand how hate...

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