Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development


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

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

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”. More

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

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. More

2016 Europe Prize presented to Girona during ceremony

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. More

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

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. More

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

Valeriu Ghiletchi (Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD) 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. More