“The Government has decided to launch Thorbjørn Jagland’s candidacy for re-election to the position of Secretary General of the Council of Europe,” Foreign Minister Børge Brende announced.
Norway was one of the ten founding members of the Council of Europe on 5 May 1949. The Council of Europe is the oldest of the European cooperation organisations; currently, 47 countries are members.
“At a time of great challenges on our continent, the Council of Europe plays a key role in the efforts to strengthen human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Secretary General Jagland has helped modernise the Council and has advanced its mandate and work. The Council also provides support to many member states in implementing necessary reforms and ensuring the rule of law. It is important that this work is continued,” Mr Brende said.