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Committee calls on member States to use cleaner energy resources focusing on renewables

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

In a draft resolution, the committee urges Council of Europe member States to ensure strict environmental and public health regulations are applied to the exploration and exploitation of non-conventional hydrocarbons.

The Parliamentary Assembly marks breast-cancer awareness month

12/10/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The committee organised a breast cancer awareness-raising event. The President and members of the Assembly as well as the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, showed their support by wearing the pink ribbon.

Wilton Park conference on protecting children from violence

05/10/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

In co-operation with the Council of Europe, Wilton Park is holding a conference on “Protecting children from violence: next steps for effective strategies” in Steyning (United Kingdom) from 9 to 11 November.

Lviv meeting: helping states to meet their climate change pledges

03/10/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

At a meeting in Lviv, Serhiy Kiral and Lord Prescott called on the '47' to take an over-arching leadership role in reinforcing the implementation of the Paris climate change agreement.

'European leaders must act to protect children in Aleppo'

29/09/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

PACE rapporteur Sevinj Fataliyeva has called on European governments to step up their action to protect and support children concerned by the armed conflict in Syria, in particular in Aleppo.

Surrogacy: governments should consider drawing up guidelines to safeguard children’s rights

21/09/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

PACE committee recommends that the Council of Europe's ministerial body considers the desirability and feasibility of “drawing up European guidelines to safeguard children’s rights in relation to surrogacy arrangements”.

Tax avoidance and evasion pose a threat to social justice

21/09/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The committee is concerned by the scope of tax avoidance and evasion, as illustrated by the “Panama Papers” scandal, which exposed how shadow companies and secret accounts are used to hide taxable income and assets in tax havens”.

PACE Rapporteur: national programmes for fighting the radicalisation of young people should be stepped up

21/07/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

PACE rapporteur Sevinj Fataliyeva has called on European governments to develop more effective policies against political and religious radicalisation amongst young or marginalised people with foreign backgrounds.

2016 Europe Prize presented to Girona during ceremony

07/07/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

A delegation led by Pedro Agramunt and the Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize, Jean-Claude Frécon, presented the Europe Prize to the Mayor of Girona, the Prize-winner for 2016, on Friday 8 July.

Council of Europe European Diplomas: 12 municipalities win the award in 2016

23/06/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

At a ceremony today at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Stella Kyriakides and Jean-Claude Frécon awarded the European Diploma 2016 to the mayors of the 12 winning municipalities.

Mobilising efforts to combat over-sexualisation of children and child 'sexting'

03/06/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Committee on Social Affairs is seeking to mobilise parliaments, governments, media, families and professionals in the advertising, education and child-minding sectors against the over-sexualisation of children.

A road safety action plan

03/06/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

In a report unanimously adopted, the committee urges member states to earmark 10% of their expenditure on road infrastructure for road safety. Naira Karapetyan was of the opinion that road safety should become a public health priority.