1. The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable
Development supports the report prepared by the Committee on Equality
and Non-Discrimination and congratulates its rapporteur, Mr Nikolaj
Villumsen, on his synthesis of this large and complex subject of
equality and the crisis.
2. In the last few years, the committee has continuously drawn
attention to the dramatic effects of the economic crisis on human
rights, in particular on social and economic rights, be it in reports
specifically dedicated to this issue or
in the framework of other reports within the scope of its mandate. A
report also linked to the impact of the crisis and entitled “Protection
of the right to bargain collectively, including the right to strike”
will be debated in the plenary jointly with Mr Villumsen’s report.
Moreover, two other reports closely related to this topic are currently
under preparation in the committee. Mr Villumsen’s report
confirms, unfortunately, most of the previous findings of the committee,
but above all it brings added value by focusing on the impact of
the crisis from an equality perspective.
3. The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development
wishes to propose some amendments in order to further strengthen
the draft resolution from both an equality and social rights perspective
and ensure utmost coherence between different texts adopted by the