The report analyses the role played by parliaments in their
legislative, representative and oversight functions, and the way
in which parliaments can and should influence public policies to
ensure progress with the implementation of social rights.
The consolidation of existing social rights and the development
of new ones require substantial parliamentary involvement through
the existing parliamentary networks and international organisations,
starting with the Parliamentary Assembly at European level, and
up to the Inter-Parliamentary Union globally.
As a specific case in point, the report addresses a series
of aspects related to the right to health, including its institutional
setting and scope, and calls for an additional protocol to the revised
European Social Charter, which will determine clearly and develop
the European standards with regard to the right to health, including the
right to a healthy environment – as one of the major rights linked
to the right to life.