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General Rapporteur on Local and Regional Authorities at Congress event on “Successful territorial reform”

05/05/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Luís Leite Ramos, General Rapporteur on Local and Regional Authorities, represented the Assembly at the conference organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities today in Eupen(Belgium).

Ban on pregnancy with germline cells or human embryos having undergone intentional genome editing

26/04/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

In a draft recommendation adopted unanimously, the Social Affairs Committee has called on all member states which have not yet ratified the Oviedo Convention to do so without further delay,

The need to recognise domestic work as ‘real work’

25/04/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Social protection and labour rights must be extended to domestic workers, one of the most vulnerable groups of workers, said the committee in adopting the report by Viorel Badea, on 25 April.

Older persons: measures enabling them to live in dignity

27/03/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Committee on Social Affairs called on European governments "to take measures with a view to combating ageism, improving care for older persons and preventing their social exclusion".

Income inequality ‘harmful to democracy’, says committee

24/03/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Adopting today a draft resolution based on a report by Andrej Hunko, the members of the Social Affairs committee called on European governments to make the fight against income equality a “political priority”.

Call for strong social dialogue, based on a healthy balance of power and full respect of international...

01/12/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The committee expressed its concern with regard to the “lower significance and changing role of trade unions” which “could further increase currently widening social and economic inequalities”.

A positive education empowering children against sexual violence

01/12/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Network of contact parliamentarians to stop sexual violence against children stressed the need to provide positive education empowering children against sexual violence, including in the digital environment.

Call for scrutiny to protect democracy and citizens in blue print for future world trade

30/11/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The committee reminded member States to pay very close attention to safeguarding environmental, democratic, and human rights imperatives in Europe, when drafting the “new generation trade agreements”.

Child protection in a digital environment: parliamentarians meet in Florence

28/11/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Network of contact parliamentarians to stop sexual violence against children will hold its final meeting on 1st December in Florence. Participants include notably UNICEF representatives, researchers and NGOs.

Seminar to address the right of children to social, legal and economic protection

26/10/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The committee is organising a parliamentary “capacity-building” seminar based on the 2015 conclusions of the European Committee of Social Rights and aimed at promoting the European Social Charter, on 28 October in Paris.

PACE committee, citing human rights, asks EU and Canada to postpone signing of ‘concerning’ trade deal

14/10/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The committee has called for the signing of a new trade agreement between the EU and Canada to be postponed – because it would “unacceptably restrict the powers of national parliaments to adopt legislation”.

Ensuring access to healthcare to all children in Europe

14/10/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

According to the report by Stella Kyriakides, unanimously adopted by the Social Affairs Committee on 11 October, even in the early 21st century, not all children in Europe enjoy equal access to healthcare services.