Secretary General reacts to the situation in Belarus - Strasbourg, 21 December 2010

''President Lukashenko should accept that elections are an occasion for the people to choose its leaders, not the other way around. Flaws in Sunday's presidential vote, as reported by the OSCE, and the crackdown on protesters which we have witnessed since, are a regrettable sign that another opportunity to end Belarus’ self-imposed isolation in Europe may be lost. In the Council of Europe we are disappointed but not discouraged, and we will continue to support any genuine initiative which could help to bring Belarus closer to Council of Europe values and Council of Europe membership'' stated Thorbjørn Jagland (more ...)
 

Conference ''Prevention of terrorism: prevention tools, legal instruments and their implementation'' - Istanbul, 16-17 December 2010

Thorbjørn Jagland: ''Speed up international efforts to fight terrorism''
During the conference, Secretary General has called on member states to intensify their co-operation in fighting terrorism. ''The threat of terrorism remains acute. The Council of Europe has developed a unique approach in fighting terrorism which is based on three pillars: strenghthening the international legal framework, addressing the causes of terrorism and safeguarding fundamental values. Our commitment to the rule of law and human rights is key in this approach,'' he declared. (more ...)
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Secretary General meets European Commissioner Füle, Strasbourg, 15 December 2010

In the framework of Council of Europe - European Union relations, Thorbjørn Jagland met on 15 December European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Štefan Füle. The meeting focused on the signature of a € 4 million''Facility'' for the Eastern Partnership initiative (EaP). (more ...)

Allegations of illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo should not be left unanswered, 15 December 2010

Thorbjørn Jagland reacted to the Assembly report on inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo, by saying that it contains a number of very serious allegations. He called on all the competent authorities, including international ones, to do their utmost to establish the truth about what happened. (more ...)
 

Human Rights Day: ''We must strengthen tolerance as an essential value in Europe to protect human rights'' 10 December 2010

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, condemns the hanging of 40 year old Shahla Jahed in Tehran on 1st December.''I am dismayed by this latest execution in Iran and also by the inhumane way in which it was carried out. Once again we see that the regime in Iran has little respect for fundamental human rights. But Iran is not alone in carrying out executions and this underlines the urgent need for a global moratorium on capital punishment. I believe that democracies should lead by example, abolish the death penalty if they have not yet done so, and support our joint effort to bring an end to capital punishment worldwide'', said Jagland. (more ...)

Interview - European Council on Refugees and Exiles, 2 December 2010

Member states should respect ECHR decision on forced expulsions of Iraqis
The European Court of Human Rights has recently confirmed its decision to suspend forced returns to Iraq in a number of individual cases against the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden, until further notice. In this interview, Thorbjørn Jagland speaks about returns to Iraq and compliance of Member States with the Court’s decisions, and also about Europe’s responsibility towards refugees and the role of the Council of Europe. (more...)

Secretary General condemns hanging of Shahla Jahed - Strasbourg, 1st December 2010

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, condemns the hanging of 40 year old Shahla Jahed in Tehran on 1st December.''I am dismayed by this latest execution in Iran and also by the inhumane way in which it was carried out. Once again we see that the regime in Iran has little respect for fundamental human rights. But Iran is not alone in carrying out executions and this underlines the urgent need for a global moratorium on capital punishment. I believe that democracies should lead by example, abolish the death penalty if they have not yet done so, and support our joint effort to bring an end to capital punishment worldwide'', said Jagland. (more ...)

Thorbjørn Jagland meets European Parliament President, Jerzy Buzek, Strasbourg, 25 November 2010

At his first meeting with President Buzek, the Secretary General raised the prospects for a closer, strategic partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Union, building on the future EU accession to the European Convention on Human rights. Jagland and Buzek also exchanged views on the situation and possible common actions in countries bordering the European Union, notably in Belarus. They also discussed the efforts to improve the situation of Roma in Europe, in the light of the Strasbourg Declaration, adopted at the High Level Meeting recently organised by the Council of Europe.
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Thorbjørn Jagland met the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, New York, 15 November 2010

Human rights must be pursued with determination everywhere
On 15 November in New York, at their third meeting this autumn, Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland and United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon recognised the ongoing and pressing need for close cooperation between the two organisations. ''Human rights are indivisible – we have to make sure that our member countries continue to take their obligations seriously'', Secretary General Jagland said. ''The UN and the Council of Europe are complementary bodies, with key legal texts, monitoring and complaints mechanisms at their disposal. We must make better use of these instruments in defence of human rights everywhere'', he said.   (more...)

Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, Strasbourg, 13 November 2010

''I welcome the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader and Nobel prize winner, by the Burmese military authorities. This is a day of joy for her and her family as well as for the people of Burma'' said Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. ''This is also an important day for human rights defenders worldwide'' he added. (more ...)
 

Thorbjørn Jagland met with representatives of Fundamental Rights Agency, Strasbourg, 2 November 2010

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met with the Chairperson, Ilze Brands Kehris, and Morten Kjaerum, the Director, of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, on 2 November in Strasbourg. They discussed the existing close working relationship which could serve as a model for inter-institutional co-operation in Europe. They also explored the possibility for a future joint project with special emphasis on the follow-up to the recent High Level Meeting on Roma.
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Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Strasbourg, 27 October 2010

Secretary General stresses need to ''bridge the gap between Roma and rest of society''
One week after the Council of Europe hosted a conference on Roma rights, Thorbjørn Jagland elaborated on practical steps the Council of Europe will take to help Roma communities. ''What we have in mind is people working in the local employment office, or utility company, or hospital, court or police station who come in daily contact with Roma'', he told over 300 assembled delegates from local and regional governments across Europe, on 27 October in Strasbourg. (more...)
 

Forum for the Future of Democracy, Yerevan, 21 October 2010

''Deep security'' and freedom of expression are the basis of democracy (more...)
 

Council of Europe meeting on Roma, Strasbourg, 20 October 2010

European governments act to help Roma
Representatives of the 47 Council of Europe countries, the EU and the Roma community who gathered in Strasbourg on 20 October unanimously condemned widespread discrimination against Roma and their social and economic marginalisation. Thorbjorn Jagland who called the meeting following concerns about Roma rights during the summer, said ''the time for action has come. Today we have made a fresh start to actually helping the Roma population of Europe''. (more...)
 

10 October: European Day against Death Penalty

Joint Council of Europe / European Union declaration 
To mark the European Day against the Death Penalty and the World Day against the Death Penalty, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Baroness Catherine Ashton, Vice President of the European Commission and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, reaffirm their opposition to the use of capital punishment in all circumstances, and their commitment to the abolition of the death penalty worldwide. (more...)
 

Council of Europe Group of Eminent Persons: Thorbjørn Jagland and Joschka Fischer launch expert group on ''Multicultural Europe'', 30 September 2010

Joschka Fischer, former German Foreign Minister, will chair a Group of «Eminent Persons» including, among others, Javier Solana and Emma Bonino with the mandate to find answers to the current threats from intolerance and discrimination in Europe. Launching the initiative in Brussels today, Thorbjørn Jagland explained that the new challenges to security and stability in Europe appeared not to be between but inside the states. (more...
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Council of Europe calls for constructive and concrete high level meeting for Roma, 29 September 2010

The Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, and the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, Antonio Miloshoski, invited on 29 September governments of 47 countries, the EU and international organisations to a meeting in Strasbourg on 20 October, to agree measures improving the situation of Roma throughout Europe. 
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Thorbjørn Jagland received award ''Bridge Builder of 2010'' from Norwegian 14 August Committee, Oslo, 25 September 2010

The prize is awarded annually to individuals who make a valuable contribution to building bridges between people, religions and cultures. The 14 August Committee which also organises the Pakistani Independence Day in Norway awards the prize.
 

Council of Europe regrets confirmation of death penalty by Supreme Court in Belarus, 24 September 2010

Jagland announced on 24 September that he is deeply saddened by news that the appeals of two prisoners on death row in the city of Grodno were rejected by the Supreme Court. He recalled that the Council of Europe has repeatedly condemned executions in Belarus and called for abolition of the death penalty. (more...)
 

Le Secrétaire Général rencontre Bill Clinton et George Soros, New York, 23 September 2010

On the last day of his visit in New York, Thorbjørn Jagland met with the former US President Bill Clinton, the founder of the Open Society Institute George Soros, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Haris Silajdzic and the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg. President Clinton and the Secretary General exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East, prospects for a positive outcome in the peace process and the role Europe could play in this respect. (more...)
 

Thorbjørn Jagland meets Ban Ki-moon, New York, 19 September 2010

Secretary General Jagland thanked his UN counterpart for accepting the invitation to visit the Council of Europe on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. This is a clear illustration of ever closer relationship between the two bodies, which will be further reinforced through the opening of Council of Europe offices in Geneva and Vienna, where several UN agencies have their seats. Secretary General of the United Nations expressed a very keen interest and support for the work of the Council of Europe in the area of human rights. (more...)
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Meeting with the President of Slovenia, Danilo Türk, New York, 19 September 2010

The Secretary General met on 19 September with the President of Slovenia, who is an old friend of the Council of Europe and a renowned expert on the rights of national minorities. They discussed the current priorities for the Organisation, the work of the Group of Eminent persons as well as the Secretary General's initiative for a High Level Meeting on Roma. President Türk expressed a very strong support for this proposal and welcomed its forward looking and result-oriented character. (more
 

Meeting with French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Pierre Lellouche, 17 September 2010

Council of Europe initiative on Roma supported by French Government
Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, in a meeting on 17 September with French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Pierre Lellouche, got full support for his initiative for action at the European level on issues related to the rights and obligations of Roma communities in Europe. Jagland presented a catalogue of obligations to address what he described as ''a complex pan-European issue that now needs concrete action''. The Secretary General proposes joint action between European Union, Council of Europe and their member states. (more...)
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Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes outcome of referendum on Turkish constitution

Secretary General of the Council of Europe welcomes the positive outcome of yesterday’s referendum on the amendments to the Turkish constitution as a significant step in Turkey's further democratic development. ''The constitutional reform which was approved yesterday by the Turkish citizens is an important step'', declared Thorbjørn Jagland. (more...)
 

Secretary General to visit the Struthof, 11 September 2010

Thorbjørn Jagland made a visit on 11 September to the Struthof site of the former Natzweiler concentration camp, accompanied by the families of Norwegian and Dutch survivors. ''Many of the witnesses who survived deportation to the concentration camps have now passed away, but we must remember their testimony and keep their memory alive,'' he said. (more...)
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Commemoration of Srebrenica genocide, 11 July 2010

Thorbjørn Jagland in Srebrenica - ''never again'' is not enough!
[12/07/2010 15:30:00] The Secretary General together with Mevlüt Çavusoglu‪, President of the Parliamentary Assembly, attended on 11 July the commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. In his speech to those gathered for the ceremony, Thorbjørn Jagland said: ‪''It is not enough simply to say - Never again. This has often been said, but it has not prevented an act of genocide in Europe, committed barely 50 years after the end of World War II. (more...)
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Meeting with Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, Strasbourg, 7 July 2010

European Commission and Council of Europe kick off joint talks on EU's accession to Convention on Human Rights
Official talks started on 7 July on the European Union's accession to the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, marked the beginning of this joint process at a meeting in Strasbourg. They discussed how to move the process forward so that citizens can swiftly benefit from stronger and more coherent fundamental rights protection in Europe. Photo: Viviane Reding and Thorbjørn Jagland (more ...)

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Thorbjørn Jagland expresses concern about conviction of Azerbaijani journalist Eynulla Fatullayev
[07/07/2010 17:30:00] The Secretary General expressed his concern about reports that the journalist Eynulla Fatullayev has been found guilty of the charges of drug possession and sentenced to an additional 2 ½ years of imprisonment. In April of this year, the Court of Human Rights ruled that there had been violations of the freedom of expression in regard of Mr Fatullayev's first two convictions, and ordered his immediate release from prison. (more ...) 
 

Secretary General's visit to Georgia, 2 July 2010

Secretary General discusses Council of Europe activities in Georgia
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland visited Tbilisi on 2 July for talks with President Mikheil Saakashvili, Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze, Vice Prime Minister Yakobashvili and Chairman of Parliament Bakradze. He discusseed his recent report and possibilities of an expanded Council of Europe action for the protection of human rights in the areas affected by the August 2008 conflict. The Secretary General was accompanied by the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Antonio Miloshoski. Photo: Thorbjørn Jagland and Grigol Vashadze
 

Meeting with OSCE Permanent Council, Vienna, 1 July 2010

Complementarity not competition, Secretary General told OSCE Permanent Council
[01/07/2010 10:30:00] In his address to the OSCE Permanent Council on 1 July in Vienna, Thorbjørn Jagland stressed that the Council of Europe’s institutions and tools which are indispensable to promote democratic stability in Europe in the time of crisis, need to be further reinforced through co-operation with the European Union and the OSCE. He also stressed that the relationship should be one of complementarity and not competition.
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International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, 26 June 2010

Thorbjørn Jagland: ''States must comply with Court´s measures to prevent cases of torture'' 
On the occasion of the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture on 26 June, the Secretary General stressed that the absolute prohibition of torture and ill-treatment is one of the most fundamental values of our democratic societies. ''The European Convention on Human Rights is crystal clear. It allows for no exceptions even in the most extreme circumstances, such as war or the fight against terrorism'', he added.  (More...) 
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Parliamentary Assembly Session, Strasbourg, 22 June 2010

Thorbjørn Jagland meets Dosta! campaign ambassador Fanny Ardant
[22/06/2010 17:00:00] The Secretary General met on 22 June in Strasbourg with Fanny Ardant, French actress and director, and thanked her on behalf of the Organisation for lending her voice to the cause of defending Roma rights across Europe. Fanny Ardant is serving the Council of Europe to support the Dosta! Campaign which aims to fight prejudices and stereotypes towards the Roma community. (more ...)
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Thorbjørn Jagland discusses advance of LGBT rights with ILGA-Europe, Strasbourg, 15 June 2010

The Secretary General held on 15 June a constructive exchange with Nigel Warner and Evelyne Paradis from ILGA-Europe, a non-governmental umbrella organisation which represents organisations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, at the European level. Thorbjorn Jagland and ILGA discussed the follow-up to be given to the innovative and ground-breaking Recommendation recently adopted by the Committee of Ministers on measures to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. (more ...)
 

Secretary General on official visit to Helsinki, 8-9 June 2010

Finland supports Roma rights and reform for the Council of Europe
As the Council of Europe prepares an international debate on the situation of Roma in Europe for its Parliamentary Assembly session later this month, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland praised Finland for the priority it has given to promote the rights of Roma people. ''It is a pressing issue to advance the rights and living conditions of Roma throughout Europe,'' Jagland said just after a successful two-day visit to Helsinki on 8-9 June. Photo: Tarja Halonen and Thorbjørn Jagland | Office of President of the Republic of Finland (more ...)
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Council of Europe mediates solution to end constitutional crisis in Moldova, 3 June 2010

The governing ''Alliance for European Integration'' (AEI) announced on 3 June that the government will hold a referendum to amend Article 78 of the Constitution (to allow for direct election of the President), dissolve Parliament and call for new elections. This solution was reached as the result of the lengthy mediation efforts by the Council of Europe and its Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. (more ...)
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Secretary General participates in EU-Western Balkans meeting in Sarajevo, 2 June 2010

Secretary General participates in EU-Western Balkans meeting in Sarajevo, 2 June 2010
At the invitation of the current EU President Miguel Angel Moratinos, Thorbjørn Jagland attended the European Union - Western Balkans High Level Meeting in Sarajevo on 2 June. He spoke about the benefits of Council of Europe membership for the countries in the region. He also held a number of bilateral meetings, including with Sven Alkalaj, the Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fule. (more ...)
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Thorbjørn Jagland in Moscow, 9 May 2010

 

Thorbjørn Jagland attended the celebration ceremonies in Moscow on 9 May, on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. On this occasion, the Secretary General published an Opinion article in the 11th May edition of the Russian daily ''Kommersant''. (more ...) 
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Statement by the Secretary General, 29 April 2010

Thorbjørn Jagland reacts to Mustapha Labsi's extradition
Following the decision of the Slovak authorities to extradite Mustapha Labsi, an Algerian national, to Algeria on 19 April in spite of the request from the European Court of Human Rights not to do so, the Secretary General on 29 April declared: ''It is essential that measures taken by the Court, in order to give practical effect to the rights enshrined in the Convention, are respected by all member states.'' (more ...)
 

Parliamentary Assembly, Strasbourg, 26 - 30 April 2010

Thorbjørn Jagland: Greater coherence, cohesion and consolidation through reform
Reforming the Council of Europe would make it ''more politically relevant and influential,'' Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has declared. The organisation would focus ''on what we can do best, in areas where we can make a real impact'' he told the Parliamentary Assembly on 27 April. The Secretary General urged greater coordination and cooperation on all parts of the organisation as vital to ensuring that new dividing lines in Europe did not emerge. A failure to reform could impede the''main goal'' of the European Union’s accession to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights. (more ...)
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Thorbjørn Jagland: ''The public has a right to know what Internet content is being removed'' - 21 April 2010

The Secretary General welcomed on 21 April the initiative by Google to release data concerning requests to remove or censor content: ''The public has a right to know what their governments are requesting to remove from the Internet. Transparency is essential in order to protect freedom of expression. I therefore urge European governments to refrain from filtering Internet content for reasons other than those laid down in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.'' (more ...)
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Secretary General's official visit to Rome, 16 April 2010

Secretary General: ''Italy is strongly committed to a Europe of human rights''
''Italy is strongly committed to a Europe of human rights,'' Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland declared after his meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini on 16 April. The Secretary General visited Rome to gain support for his ongoing reform of the Organisation, and safeguarding the future of the Court. “We have the opportunity to embark on a new phase in Europe, uniting the EU and all 47 nations of Europe around one set of fundamental human rights and principles, as anchored in the European Convention of Human Rights,” Jagland said. Photo: Thorbjørn Jagland and the President of the Italian Parliament, Gianfranco Fini (more ...)
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Secretary General on official visit to Belgrade - 14 April 2010

Thorbjørn Jagland met with top government officials in Serbia on 14 April to examine how to further reinforce relations with the Council of Europe. He met with the President of Serbia, Boris Tadic, with the Prime Minister, Mirko Cvetkovic, and with the Minister of Justice, Snezana Malovic. Photo: Boris Tadic, President of Serbia, and Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General | Fonet (more ...)
 

Secretary General visits ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'', 12 - 13 April 2010

At the conclusion of a two-day visit to ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'' Thorbjørn Jagland said he has met 'dedicated leaders in Skopje with a clear vision for the Council of Europe in the 21st century.' (more ...)  

Statement by the Secretary General - 1st April 2010

Council of Europe to advance human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons
The Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed the decision of the Committee of Ministers on 31 March to adopt a recommendation to member states on measures to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This is an important achievement, being the first legal instrument in the world dealing specifically with one of the most long-lasting and difficult forms of discrimination to combat. (more ...)
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Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities - 17 March 2010

Thorbjørn Jagland: ''The Congress’ monitoring is a key asset of the Council of Europe''
''The Congress is making a very important contribution to our work on democracy, human rights and the rule of law. It is on the local level that a great majority of people get in contact with these Council of Europe values,'' Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Organisation, pointed out in his speech to the Congress’ session, in Strasbourg on 17 March.
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Thorbjørn Jagland meets President of European Council Herman, Van Rompuy, 2 March 2010

The Secretary General met for the first time the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy on 2 March in Brussels. The meeting focused on the relationship between the Council of Europe and the European Union in the perspective of strengthening multilateral co-operation in the larger European area and the future EU accession to the European Convention on Human rights. (more ...)
 

Secretary General's official visit to Brussels, 15-16 February 2010

Secretary General: ''EU accession to Human Rights' Convention is historic development''
''The accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights is a new, historic change in the co-operation on democratic security and stability in Europe'', said Thorbjørn Jagland today in his key-note speech, at the policy briefing “Strengthening human rights across Europe'', in the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels. (more ...)
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Secretary General's official visit to Turkey, 8-10 February 2010

Reforms on human rights will strengthen Turkey and Europe
[10/02/2010] “I have been reassured that human rights reform will continue, and that Turkey is committed to play its role in a new Europe”, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said upon concluding his visit to Turkey on Tuesday. During his visit, Thorbjørn Jagland met with Prime Minister Erdoðan to discuss future areas of cooperation and core human rights issues in Turkey. Mr. Erdoðan stressed that Turkey will follow up on judgements by the European Court of Human Rights, and will continue to take new measures to strengthen human rights and democratic institutions in Turkey. (more ...)
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Ministers’ Deputies meeting, Strasbourg, 20 January 2010

Secretary General's reform unanimously supported by Committee of Ministers
The proposal to reform the Council of Europe presented by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on 20 January received unanimous support by the Committee of Ministers of the Organisation. “It’s a new time. The political landscape is changing”, said the Secretary General, as he presented his vision for the future of the Council of Europe to the Organisation’s decision-making body. “Europe has once again come to a crossroads, so has the Council of Europe”, he added. (more ...)
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Secretary General's official visit to the United Kingdom and Germany, 18-19 January 2010

London and Berlin signal strong support for Thorbjørn Jagland’s reforms
On 18 and 19 January, Secretary General paid visits to the United Kingdom and Germany to meet leaders and discuss the future political structure of Europe. The visits took place just before the presentation to member states' governments in Strasbourg on 20 January of the Secretary General's proposals to reform the Council of Europe. UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband and German Minister of Foreign Affairs Guido Westerwelle recalled the pressing need for reform and underlined their support for Mr Jagland’s reform efforts. Photo: Thorbjørn Jagland and German Minister for Foreign Affairs Guido Westerwelle (more ...)
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