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Secretary General's official visit to Moscow, 21-23 December 2009

Thorbjørn Jagland: Russia and Council of Europe share common ground and future vision

''The Russian Federation is key to building Europe’s future,'' the Secretary General declared after his meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow on 23 December. The President confirmed Russia’s wish to strengthen its engagement within the Council of Europe and its commitment to enhance respect for human rights across the European continent.  (More...)

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Secretary General's meeting with EU foreign minister, Strasbourg, 15 December 2009

Cooperation between Council of Europe and EU: Secretary General and EU foreign minister discuss closer relationship

The Secretary General met on 15 December with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton, for the first introductory visit, focused on ways to reinforce cooperation between the EU and the Council of Europe against the background of the changes resulting from the Lisbon treaty entering into force. Thorbjørn Jagland and Baroness Catherine Ashton agreed that these changes, and notably the setting up of the External Action Service and the EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights, provide an opportunity for a new, much closer relationship between Strasbourg and Brussels. They agreed to meet regularly and maintain open communication lines for consultations on areas of mutual interest and concern.
 

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OSCE and Council of Europe - pillars of most inspiring peace process in history

 

Speaking at the annual ministerial conference of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Athens on 2 December, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland stressed that lasting and sustainable security in Europe can only result from a constant effort to consolidate and expand democracy, human rights and the rule of law on the continent. ''The OSCE, the European Union and the Council of Europe are the three pillars of the most successful and inspiring peace process in history'' he told foreign ministers of the 56 OSCE member states, as well as representatives of 40 international organisations. (more ...)
 

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Thorbjørn Jagland meets Jean-Claude Juncker

The Secretary General met, on 27 October, with Luxembourg Prime Minister, Jean-Claude Juncker and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn.

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Thorbjørn Jagland: European Union is Council of Europe’s most important institutional partner

Secretary General met Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, President of the European Commission, on 19 October in Brussels, during his first official mission since his election. The meeting focused on the review of the partnership between the two institutions, following the Memorandum of Understanding signed in May 2007, which recognised the Council of Europe as ''the benchmark for human rights, the rule of law and democracy in Europe.''

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Jagland and Gorbachev on 20 years of history

Thorbjørn Jagland and Mikhail Gorbachev met on 1 October in Strasbourg on the occasion of the celebration the 60th anniversary of the Council of Europe. They discussed the historical changes since the fall of the Berlin wall, the place of the Council of Europe in the European institutional structure, the role of Russia in Europe and its relations with the Council of Europe.

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Jagland and Turk evoke the constructive role of the Slovenian Chairmanship

Thorbjørn Jagland met with Danilo Turk, President of Slovenia, in Strasbourg on 1 October following his election to the post of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. They reviewed the achievements of the Slovenian chairmanship, and discussed current affairs and prospects for future development of the role of the Council of Europe on the European continent.

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Jagland and Lellouche: joint work to strengthen the organisation

Thorbjørn Jagland and Pierre Lellouche, Secretary of State for European Affairs of France, discussed relations with France as the country hosting the Organisation and the prospects of accession of the European Union to the European Convention of Human Rights and to the Council of Europe. They also discussed the need to strengthen and revitalise the organisation.