Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland launches Action Plan for Georgia

6 February 2014 Tbilissi

On 6 February, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland is in Tbilisi for meetings with: • Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia • Mr Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister • Ms Maia Panjikidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs • Members of the Georgian delegation to the...

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Secretary General Jagland: "checks and balances essential in Ukrainian constitutional reform process". Opposition nominates member of investigation panel

5 February 2014 Strasbourg

Speaking at the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe today, Secretary General Jagland gave this assessment of the Council of Europe's engagement in Ukraine. "The Council of Europe's actions regarding Ukraine are guided by the following principles: - upholding people's right to...

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Secretary General Jagland warns of further escalation in Ukraine

31 January 2014 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Friday expressed his concern with the current situation in Ukraine: "There is a real danger the situation will escalate if the opposition and government can't agree on a transparent investigation of the reported human rights violations, and fail...

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Secretary General meets with Ukrainian NGOs representatives

30 January 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland on Thursday evening met with representatives from NGOs active in Ukraine, including the civic sector of Euromaidan, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group and Amnesty International. The NGOs reported their concerns regarding the current Human Rights violations in Ukraine...

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Secretary General Jagland meets Austrian Chancellor Faymann

30 January 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on Thursday met with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann prior to his speech to the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly. Topics of the discussion were Austria's chairmanship, reform of the Council of Europe and the crisis in Ukraine.

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Schulz: “European Parliament and PACE are natural partners”

29/01/2014 Strasbourg

"I hope that the co-operation between the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will grow and strengthen", emphasised Martin Schulz in his address to the PACE on Wednesday. The President of the European Parliament underlined the importance of a closer...

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Secretary General meets young human rights defenders from Ukraine

28 January 2014 Strasbourg

On 28 January the Secretary General met with Ukrainian human rights defenders from the Centre for Civil Liberties, Association of Human Rights Monitors on Law-Enforcement, and the Human Rights Information Center.". Topics of discussion included recent developments in Ukraine, the initiatives of...

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Secretary General calls for better protection of social rights in times of austerity

28 January 2014 Strasbourg

New findings show numerous violations of the European Social Charter across 38 countries The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has urged European governments and international organisations to pay greater attention to social and economic rights when implementing...

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Secretary General warns of growing social injustice in Europe

28 January 2014 Strasbourg

In his speech to the Parliamentary Assembly on Tuesday, Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe called on members states to ratify the Council of Europe's revised Social Charter and step up efforts to reduce social inequalities. "I associate myself with the Pope who has...

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Council of Europe and EU Fundamental Rights Agency launch handbook on European data protection law

28/01/2014 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) launched today - on Data Protection Day - a practical guide to European data protection law. The handbook is the first comprehensive guide to Council of Europe and European Union law on data protection, taking into...

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Secretary General calls on Ukraine to cancel or suspend recent legislation

27 January 2014 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, published today the following statement on the situation in Ukraine. He said: "The initial Council of Europe assessment of the 16 January laws shows that too many provisions are clearly not in compliance with the European...

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Statement of Secretary General Jagland following his meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Azarov

23 January 2014 Strasbourg

Today Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov. Mr. Jagland released this statement on the crisis in Ukraine following the meeting: "In my discussions today with the Prime Minister, I proposed him to reassess, jointly with our experts, the entire legislative...

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Secretary General meets UK Attorney General

20 January 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland meets Dominic Grieve QC, the Attorney General of the United Kingdom. The main topics of discussion are the report of the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on the Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill, and the Council of Europe's current open call for...

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Secretary General Jagland alarmed by “rushed” legislation affecting fundamental rights in Ukraine

17 January 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland on Friday expressed his concern over the passing of several laws affecting fundamental rights in Ukraine. "The way in which such wide-ranging legislation affecting fundamental rights and the judiciary were rushed through Parliament without a proper debate is...

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Secretary General Jagland meets Greek Prime Minister

15 January 2014 Strasbourg

Today Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of Greece. Greece currently holds the EU presidency. Topics of discussion included increased Council of Europe co-operation with the EU, the current economic and political challenges facing Greece, stability in the...

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