Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development


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

Supporting decentralisation by fostering dialogue

“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. More

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

“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. More