Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development


Ensuring access to palliative care for everyone who needs it

“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. More

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

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. More

Ensuring the success of decentralisation processes in Europe

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. More

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

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. More

Protecting the rights of Palestinian minors in the Israeli justice system

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. More

Putting children’s wellbeing on the agenda

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. More