Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe will participate in the Munich Security Conference from 6 to 8 February

5 February 2015 Strasbourg

A key topic of the conference is the conflict in Ukraine. The Council of Europe is currently advising Ukraine on judicial and constitutional reforms including on the issues of decentralisation and minority rights, which are important components of a political solution to the crisis. Press release

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President von Weizsäcker was "Germany's best ambassador" said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland.

31 January 2015 Strasbourg

In a statement today, Mr Jagland honoured Germany's former President Richard von Weizsäcker. "President von Weizsäcker was an exceptionally sincere and wise politician, a true internationalist and Germany's best ambassador. His voice of reason shall be missed in Europe and throughout the...

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Freedom of expression ends where violence begins

29 January 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General on Ukraine: no lasting ceasefire without political solution In his speech today to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland addressed the crisis in Ukraine, freedom of expression and the fight against terrorism. He advocated for a...

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Secretary General welcomes Russia's Supreme Court Decision on Memorial

28 January 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to dismiss the request for the closure of the NGO "Memorial". “This decision is in line with previous calls by the Council of Europe, and will allow this prominent...

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Secretary General condemns separatist offensive at Mariupol

24 January 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland condemned the separatist offensive at Mariupol: "The latest military offensive by separatist forces in south eastern Ukraine is an outrageous breach of the Minsk Protocol. I urge the separatists to continue the peace talks, rather than this mindless...

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Davos: Secretary General Jagland and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin discuss eastern Ukraine, reforms

22 January 2015 Davos

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met Foreign Minister of Ukraine Mr Pavlo Klimkin today in Davos, Switzerland. They discussed the extremely difficult and serious situation in the eastern Ukraine and the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire and strict adherence to the Minsk Protocol...

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Secretary General meets Latvian Prime Minister

15 January 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today met Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma for talks on the Latvian EU Presidency, co-operation with the Council of Europe and the current security situation. They discussed measures to combat terrorism, in particular the Council of Europe's Convention...

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'Charlie Hebdo' massacre, attack on democratic society

12 January 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland joined the Unity Rally for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack and for freedom of expression in Paris by invitation of President Hollande and the French government (Place de la République, 15h). The Secretary General accepted the...

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Secretary General in Ankara

6-7 January 2015 Ankara

Secretary General Jagland has welcomed Turkey's intention strengthen co-operation with the Council of Europe, and to become a major contributor to the Organisation's budget, together with the other five large member states: France, Germany, Italy, Russia and the United Kingdom. The decision was...

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Secretary General in Ankara

headline 6-7 January 2015 Ankara

The Secretary General will address an annual conference of ambassadors organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr Jagland will also meet with the President of the Constitutional Court, Haşim Kiliç. Several meetings are scheduled with representatives of civil society and the opposition....

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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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