Secretary General calls on Albanian opposition to remain in parliament, warns against violence

Secretary General 21 February 2019 Strasbourg

Expressing concern about the decision of the opposition to withdraw from Parliament, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland said: “In a democracy the legislature is the first instance where political issues affecting the whole country should be debated and solutions...

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Statement by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on the anti-Semitic acts committed last night in Alsace

Secretary General 19 February 2019 Strasbourg

I unreservedly condemn the anti-Semitic, barbaric and disgusting acts of desecration of the Jewish cemetery in the Alsatian town of Quatzenheim, not far from Strasbourg, where the Council of Europe has its headquarters. I express my complete solidarity with the Jewish community, which has once...

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Greek parliament vote over "Republic of North Macedonia" welcomed by Secretary General

Secretary General 25 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has welcomed the vote in the Greek parliament today that promises to bring an end to the 27-year dispute over its northern neighbour's name. “The vote in Greece to approve the name "Republic of North Macedonia" is both...

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Holocaust memorial ceremony

Parliamentary Assembly Session 23 January 2019 Strasbourg

The President of Finland Sauli Niinistö has attended a ceremony in front of the Council of Europe’s headquarters in Strasbourg, to mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. In his address Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland underlined the importance of...

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Secretary General to PACE: Russian people would suffer most if Russia leaves the Council of Europe

Parliamentary Assembly Session 22 January 2019 Strasbourg

Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly for the last time during a January session, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland expressed his satisfaction that the European Court of Human Rights was now on firmer ground than when he was elected in 2009. At that time, the credibility of the Convention...

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Secretary General visits Vatican for audience with Pope Francis

Secretary General 16 January 2019 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will be in Vatican City on Thursday on an official visit to the Holy See for an audience with Pope Francis. Meetings are scheduled with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and other members of the Curia. The...

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Thorbjørn Jagland statement following the death of Paweł Adamowicz

Secretary General 14 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has made the following statement in reaction to the death of Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz: “I am deeply saddened to learn that the Mayor of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz, has died following the horrendous knife attack at a...

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Demonstrations in France – Council of Europe condemns attacks on journalists

Secretary General 14 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, today condemned in the strongest possible terms the threats and attacks against journalists at recent demonstrations by the “yellow vest” protesters in France, noting that working conditions for the press have been steadily...

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Statement by the Spokesperson on a death sentence in Belarus

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 9 January 2019 Strasbourg

Today we have learned with regret about another death sentence in Belarus, pronounced by the Mogilev Regional Court. We hope that this decision can be overturned by a higher instance court. The Council of Europe continues to call on Belarus to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty as the...

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