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  • 29 September 2009

     On 29 September 2009 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe elected  former Norwegian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Thorbjørn Jagland to be its new Secretary General. Jagland defeated his Polish rival, former Prime Minister, Foreign and Justice Minister Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz by 165 votes to 80. The new Secretary General will be sworn in on 1 October during a special session of the Committee of Ministers, chaired by the Foreign Minister of Slovenia, Samuel Zbogar.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland expresses the conviction that the experience and personal qualities of the new Secretary General will enhance the international  role and stature of the Council of Europe. Poland pledges its support for the new Secretary General  in his mission of promoting democracy, the rule of law and human rights and conducting essential reforms of the Council itself.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes this opportunity to thank those governments of Council of Europe member states and members of the Parliamentary Assembly who supported Włodziemierz Cimoszewicz. 

    Statement by Senator Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz

     The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has elected a new Secretary General of the Organisation. My Norwegian friend, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, has been chosen.

    I congratulate him sincerely on this important success and wish him luck in the difficult mission he undertakes. I am confident that he will be a very good Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

    I would like to thank all who have voted for my candidature and I ask them to fully support the new Secretary General.

    I also address my words of gratitude to all those whose support and good thoughts were extremely important for me.

    I am grateful to Prime Minister Donald Tusk, members of his Government, diplomats, Polish parliamentarians and first and foremost to my family.

    Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz

    See the file of the election campaign of Senator W. Cimoszewicz

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