Social Affairs and Health Committee

The Social Affairs and Health Committee of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council for the African Union is responsible for:

  • Health
  • Children
  • Drug control
  • Population
  • Migration
  • Labor and employment
  • Family
  • Aging
  • The physically challenged
  • Sports
  • Youth and protection
  • Social integration

The Chairperson of the Committee is Helder Francisco Malauene

Aino-Kaisa Pekonen

Aino-Kaisa Ilona Pekonen (born 24 January 1979 in Riihimäki) is a Finnish politician of the Left Alliance.

Pekonen served originally as a practical nurse. She has represented the constituency of Tavastia in the Parliament of Finland since April 2011. She is currently serving as the chair of the Left Alliance Parliament Group and member of the Social Affairs and Health Committee of the Parliament. She is also first deputy chair of the Left Alliance and member of the city council of Riihimäki.In January 2016, Pekonen announced her candidacy for the leadership of the Left Alliance. She withdrew from the race on June 6 in 2016, after losing the advisory membership vote of the party to Li Andersson.Pekonen is the sister of the actor Aku Hirviniemi. Her both parents are politicians of the Left Alliance.

Anneli Taina

Anneli Taina (born June 21, 1951) is a Finnish politician who was Minister of Defence and Minister of Housing for the Finnish Government, and then Governor of the Southern Finland Province.

Economic, Social and Cultural Council

The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) is an advisory body of the African Union designed to give civil society organizations (CSOs) a voice within the AU institutions and decision-making processes. ECOSOCC is made up of civil society organizations from a wide range of sectors including labour, business and professional groups, service providers and policy think tanks, both from within Africa and the African diaspora.

The Interim President of ECOSOCC was Kenyan Nobel Prize winner Prof. Wangari Maathai. In 2008, she was replaced as President by Cameroonian lawyer Akere Muna of the Pan-African Lawyers Union (PALU).

Hannakaisa Heikkinen

Hannakaisa Heikkinen (born 7 April 1974) is a Finnish politician. She has been a Member of the Parliament for the Centre Party from 2007 to 2011 and since 2015.

Helder Francisco Malauene

Helder Francisco Malauene is a Mozambican politician. He is a member of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union and is also Chairman of the Social Affairs and Health Committee.[1]

Leena Rauhala

Leena Rauhala is a Finnish politician and member of the Parliament of Finland 1999–2015 representing Pirkanmaa.

List of members of the Parliament of Finland, 2011–15

The 36th Eduskunta follows the parliamentary election held on 17 April 2011. There are 200 MPs in the parliament. The current government is 72nd in order, as there have been on average two governments per parliament.

Mika Lintilä

Mika Tapani Lintilä (born 15 April 1966 in Toholampi, Finland) is a Finnish politician, representing the Centre Party. He has served as a Member of Parliament since 24 March 1999. On 27 October 2016, Lintilä was elected within the Centre Party to follow Olli Rehn as a Minister of Economic Affairs starting 29 December 2016.Mika Lintilä is the son of the Centre Party MP Aaro Lintilä.

Parliament of Albania

The Parliament of Albania (Albanian: Kuvendi i Shqipërisë) or Kuvendi is the unicameral representative body of the citizens of the Republic of Albania; it is Albania's legislature. The Parliament is composed of not less than 140 members elected to a four-year term on the basis of direct, universal, periodic and equal suffrage by secret ballot. The Parliament is presided over by a Speaker of the Parliament, who is assisted by at least one deputy speaker. The electoral system is based on party-list proportional representation. There are 12 multi-seat constituencies, corresponding to the country's administrative divisions.

The Parliament's powers are defined by the Constitution of Albania. It is responsible to amend the borders of Albania or the Constitution, passes all laws, approves the cabinet, supervises the work of the government, declares war, decides on cessation of hostilities, adopt the state's budgets and approve the state's accounts. Another duties includes, calling referenda, performs elections and appointments conforming to the constitution and applicable legislation, supervises operations of the government and other civil services responsible to the parliament, grants amnesty for criminal offences and performs other duties defined by the constitution. The Parliament also elects the President of the Republic. When the Parliament is elected, the first session shall be held no later than 20 days after the completion of elections with the President as the speaker. However, all laws passed by the Parliament are published by the Albanian Official Journal (Albanian: Fletorja Zyrtare), which is the official journal of the Government of Albania.The oldest Parliament with extant records was held in Lezhë on 2 March 1444. The League of Lezhë (Kuvëndi i Lezhës) forged in Lezhë under Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu as the leader against the Ottoman Empire.

Parliament of Finland

The Parliament of Finland (Finnish: Suomen eduskunta, Swedish: Finlands riksdag) is the unicameral supreme legislature of Finland, founded on 9 May 1906. In accordance with the Constitution of Finland, sovereignty belongs to the people, and that power is vested in the Parliament. The Parliament consists of 200 members, 199 of whom are elected every four years from 13 multi-member districts electing 7-36 using the proportional d'Hondt method. In addition, there is one member from Åland.

Legislation may be initiated by either the Government or one of the members of Parliament. The Parliament passes legislation, decides on the state budget, approves international treaties, and supervises the activities of the government. It may bring about the resignation of the Finnish Government, override presidential vetoes, and alter the constitution. To make changes to the constitution, amendments must be approved by two successive parliaments, with an election cycle in between, or passed as an emergency law with a 166/200 majority. Most MPs work in parliamentary groups which correspond with the political parties. As of June 2018, the Parliament comprises ten parliamentary groups and one independent MP. Since the establishment of the Parliament in 1905, the parliamentary majority has been held once by a single party – the Social Democrats in the 1916 election. Thus, for the Government to gain a majority in the Parliament, coalition governments are favored. These are generally formed by at least two of the three historically major parties: the Social Democrats, Centre, and National Coalition. Ministers are often but not necessarily MPs. The Parliament meets in the Parliament House (Finnish: Eduskuntatalo, Swedish: Riksdagshuset), which is located in central Helsinki.

The most recent parliamentary election took place on April 19, 2015. The Centre Party, the Finns Party, and the National Coalition Party cooperated to form the Sipilä Cabinet, a centre-right coalition government. Following the split of the Finns Party in June 2017, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (kesk.) terminated the government's co-operation with the Finns Party and proposed a new coalition consisting of three groups: the intact Centre and National Coalition parties, as well as Blue Reform, a new party consisting solely of former members of the Finns Party.

Vallensbæk Municipality

Vallensbæk Kommune is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Region Hovedstaden on the east coast of the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark.


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