Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development


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

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”. More

The Parliamentary Assembly marks breast-cancer awareness month

breast-cancer / President / Kyriakides 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. More

Wilton Park conference on protecting children from violence

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. More

Lviv meeting: helping states to meet their climate change pledges

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. More

'European leaders must act to protect children in Aleppo'

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. More

Tax avoidance and evasion pose a threat to social justice

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”. More