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Estonian PM, Norwegian parlt president admit need of reforming Council of Europe

15.01.2009

TALLINN, Jan 14, BNS - Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and President of the Norwegian parliament Thorbjorn Jagland, meeting in Tallinn on Wednesday, admitted the need of reforming the Council of Europe and the need for vigorous changes in that organization.

Ansip expressed pleasure at the fact that Thorbjorn Jagland was prepared to run for secretary-general of the Council of Europe side by side with his busy political activity, a spokesman for the government told BNS. But the prime minister underlined that only the national parliaments' delegations to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe could make the final decision concerning the secretary-general.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will elect its secretary-general in June for the next five years. The deadline for the nomination of candidates is the end of February.

Also Speaker of the Estonian parliament Ene Ergma met with her Norwegian colleague.

Ergma said that Hagland as a strong candidate to the post of secretary-general of the Council of Europe and Estonia could only be happy the he was running.

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