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Committee demands greater safety guarantees for nuclear power stations

19/09/2018 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

A PACE committee has spelled out a series of steps governments should take to improve the safety of nuclear power stations in Europe – and minimise the risk of accidents or terror attacks.

Ensuring access to palliative care for everyone who needs it

18/09/2018 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“Palliative care should be available not just to patients at their end-of-life stage, but also to those who are seriously ill and chronically ill,” said the committee, which expressed concern about insufficient access to pain relief.

Committee calls on member States not to engage in the ‘Global Kidney Exchange’ concept

18/09/2018 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Recalling that human organs must not be bought or sold or give rise to financial gain, the Committee on Social Affairs expressed concern about the Global Kidney Exchange concept.

Human gamete donation: how to best balance the rights between parents, donors and children?

18/09/2018 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“The principle of the anonymity of human gamete donors is put into question by changes in society and in certain European legal instruments and by the evolution of genetic technology,” said Petra De Sutter, at a hearing in Lisbon.

Ensuring the success of decentralisation processes in Europe

17/09/2018 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The committee reaffirmed the key role of decentralisation in ensuring better responsiveness of public services to local needs, promoting the responsible exercise of power and strengthening confidence in public authorities.

Striking a balance between the best interest of the child and the need to keep families together

27/04/2018 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Committee on Social Affairs re-affirmed that the best interest of the child “should be a primary consideration in all actions concerning children”, in accordance with the United Nations Convention.

Protecting the rights of Palestinian minors in the Israeli justice system

25/04/2018 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The committee called on the Israeli authorities to work with UNICEF, the International Committee of the Red Cross and civil society to change laws and practice to fully protect the rights of Palestinian minors in the Israeli justice system.

Putting children’s wellbeing on the agenda

19/04/2018 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Key challenges and policy responses in the areas of children’s mental health and child friendly justice will be discussed at a meeting organised on 24 April in Strasbourg by the Committee on Social Affairs.

Supporting decentralisation by fostering dialogue

28/03/2018 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“Mechanisms for decentralisation need to be further developed and translated into relevant legislation, by promoting a culture of dialogue between central authorities and local authorities,” said Luís Leite Ramos.

Tuberculosis: every patient must be effectively diagnosed and have access to treatment

20/03/2018 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“Tuberculosis, which caused 1.7 million deaths worldwide in 2016, represents a growing threat to public health, especially in Europe,” warned the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development.

Climate change: there is no ‘planet B’

20/03/2018 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Paris Agreement embodies a global solution for the climate and represents a beacon for action at national, sub-national to local and international levels, Lord John Prescott said presenting his report on climate change.

A citizenship income to guarantee a decent standard of living for everyone

06/12/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The introduction of a citizenship income could help overcome poverty and guarantee decent living conditions for everyone, said the Social Affairs Committee, which has encouraged debate on this issue in each country.