Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development


A road safety action plan

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. More

Cyprus pilot project to combat child sex abuse hailed as ‘a great example’ for Europe

Video clip aimed at breaking the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse A three-year Council of Europe pilot project in Cyprus to strengthen policies against sexual abuse of children has been hailed as “a great example” for the rest of Europe. Stella Kyriakides presented the results in Strasbourg. More

Social rights are fundamental human rights

Addressing the Interparliamentary Conference on the European Social Charter, Michele Nicoletti, President of the Italian delegation, warned that the real danger today were internal fears and divisions and not external threats. More

Income inequalities in Europe "shocking"

The Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on the European Social Charter, Tuur Elzinga stressed that "in many European countries, the state of income inequalities is shocking and leads to a marginalisation of certain categories of the population". More

Committee calls for withdrawal of ‘discriminatory’ draft text on people with mental health problems

A committee has called for the withdrawal of a draft Council of Europe legal text on the involuntary placement and treatment of people with mental health problems on the ground that its basic premise is “discriminatory”. More

World ‘woefully ill-prepared’ for future international health crises

A committee has called for urgent exploration of new ways of facing international health crises – including an “empowered, well-governed and accountable” WHO and efficient national health systems. More