Secretary General of the Council of Europe

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe (French: Secretary General of the Council of Europe ) is appointed by the Parliamentary Assembly on the recommendation of the Committee of Ministers for a period of five years. The Council of Europe is set up in London on May 5, 1949, namely, to achieve greater unity between its member states and the United States. their common heritage and their economic and social progress.

Although the Secretary General is in charge of the position of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Secretary-General is responsible for the strategic management of the Council of Europe’s work program and budget and oversees the day-to-day running of the Organization and Secretariat.

Secretaries General

Secretaries General of the Council of Europe
Nationality Secretary Took office Left office
 norway Thorbjørn Jagland 1 October 2009
 United Kingdom Terry Davis 1 September 2004 31 August 2009
 austria Walter Schwimmer 1 September 1999 August 31, 2004
 sweden Daniel Tarschys 1 June 1994 1 September 1999
 la France Catherine Lalumière 1 June 1989 May 31, 1994
 spain Marcelino Oreja Aguirre 1 October 1984 1 June 1989
 austria Franz Karasek 1 October 1979 1 October 1984
 West Germany Georg Kahn-Ackermann 17 September 1974 September 17, 1979
 austria Lujo Tončić-Sorinj September 16, 1969 16 September 1974
 United Kingdom Peter Smithers March 16, 1964 September 15, 1969
 italy Lodovico Benvenuti 19 September 1957 March 15, 1964
 la France Léon Marchal September 21, 1953 September 24, 1956
 la France Jacques Camille Paris August 11, 1949 July 17, 1953

Controversy around 2009 election

On May 12, 2009 the Committee of Ministers informed the Parliamentary Assembly that there would be only two candidates for the post of Secretary General: Thorbjørn Jagland ( Prime Minister of Norway) and Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz (Prime Minister of Poland), thus rejecting a Belgian appeal to add more people to the list of candidates. citation needed ] Coincidentally, both candidates were Prime Ministers at the same time (1996-1997) and both are social democrats. On June 23, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly has been decided to postpone the election at least until its September session, thus leaving the chair empty from September 1, 2009. [1]

The Parliamentary Assembly is angered by the decision of the Committee of Ministers to remove two candidates from the shortlist: Belgian senator Luc Van den Brande and Hungarian parliamentarian Mátyás Eörsi , who are both members of the Parliamentary Assembly. [2] On September 9, 2009, reporting on the controversial election, The World reported that the future Secretary General would have inherited an institution that was in crisis. [3]

On September 30, 2009, Thorbjørn Jagland was elected as Secretary-General. [4] On June 24, 2014 he was re-elected to a second, five-year term to start on October 1, 2014. [5]


  1. Jump up^ Judith Crosbie (June 23, 2009). „Council of Europe defers secretary-general vote“ . . Retrieved 29 August 2009 .
  2. Jump up^ Smyth, Jamie (2009-05-12). „Council to battle Russia on Protocol 14“ . Irish Times . Retrieved 2009-09-15 .
  3. Jump up^ Smolar, Piotr (2009-09-11). „The future Secretary General of the Council of Europe will inherit an institution in crisis“ . The world . Retrieved 2009-09-15 .
  4. Jump up^ „THORBJORN JAGLAND ELECTED GENERAL SECRETARY OF COUNCIL OF EUROPE“ . 2009-09-30 . Retrieved 2009-10-02 .
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