The European Social Charter is
a Council of Europe treaty which guarantees social and economic human
rights. It was adopted in 1961 and revised in 1996.
The decision on the merits adopted by the European Committee of Social Rights in the case European Action of the Disabled (AEH) v. France is public[05/02/2014] The decision on the merits of the European Committee on Social Rights in the case European Action of the Disabled (AEH) v. France (No. 81/2012) became public on 5 February 2014 and is now available on line. It concerns access of children and adolescents with autism to education and access of young adults with autism to vocational training. On 5 February 2014 the Committee of Ministers adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2014) 2 concerning the follow up of the decision on the merits. (more information) Decision on the merits No. 81/2012 Summary of the deicison of the merits Resolution CM/ResChS(2014) 2 Press review Collective complaints website
A new resolution adopted by the Committee of Ministers[05/02/2014] The Committee of Ministers has adopted a new Resolution concerning the follow-up of the decision on admissibility and the merits adopted on 03/07/2013 by the European Committee on Social Rights in the case Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) and Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees (TCO) v. Sweden, Complaint No. 85/2012. (more information)
Resolution CM/ResChS(2014) 1
Publication of report on Switzerland[31/01/2014] The European Committee of Social Rights makes public the report of a bilateral meeting between the Bureau of the Committee and a Swiss Delegation, which took place on 9 September 2013 in Bern, Switzerland. Report
Conclusions 2013 of the European Committee of Social Rights are public[29/01/2014] It is now possible to consult Conclusions 2013 and XX-2 (2013) of the European Committee of Social Rights on the implementation of the European Social Charter. In 2013, the Committee adopted some 570 conclusions, including some 180 findings of violations de la Charter, pertaining to health, social security and social protection. (more information) Conclusions by State Party General Introductions Dossier de presse
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe calls for better protection of social rights in times of austerity[28/01/2014] M.Thorbjørn Jagland declares that "the need to protect everyday rights for workers and non-working people is a core European value which becomes all the more important when times are tough. .." and encourages the member States of the Council of Europe who have not yet done so to ratify the Revised Charter and to adhere to the collective complaint procedure. Press release
The 269th session of the European Committee of Social Rights in BrusselsThe European Committee of Social Rights held its 269th session from 27 to 29 January 2014 in the Council of Europe Office in Brussels, Belgium. A number of events were organised to take place during this session, including a press briefing on the Committee’s Conclusions 2013 and XX-2, relating to health, social security and social protection. The briefing was held in the Council of Europe Office, 85, Avenue des Nerviens, on Wednesday 29 January. The full text of the conclusions became public on that day and may be consulted on line. Please consult the agenda and synopsis for more information on the Committee's session in Brussels. Agenda if the 269th session Synopsis of the 269th session
Two meetings on collective complaints were held during this session.
[28/01/2014] A meeting concerning fundamental labour rights and austerity measures took place at the headquarters of the EESC in Brussels.
A second meeting was held with the Brussels-based INGO “Social Platform” on collective complaints on 29 January 2014. Invitation Website Social Platform
European Committee of Social Rights
The 270th session of the European Committee of Social Rights will be held in Strasbourg from 17 to 21 March 2014.
Exchanges of view with the Committee
The Commitee adopts two decisions on immediate measures[13/12/2013] The European Committee of Social Rights adopted two decisions on immediate measures in respect of the following complaints:
- Association for the Protection of all Children (APPROACH) Ltd v. Ireland , Complaint No. 93/2013Decision on immediate measures
- Association for the Protection of all Children (APPROACH) Ltd v. Belgium , Complaint No 98/2013 Decision on immediate measures
The European Committee of Social Rights adopted two decisions on immediate measures in respect of the two following complaints :- European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) v. the Netherlands, Complaint No. 86/2012 Decision on immediate measures
- Conference of European Churches (CEC) v. the Netherlands, Complaint No 90/2013 Decision on immediate measures
Collective Complaints in 2013
Collective Complaints website
Public hearing on "Employment and social aspects of the operations and role of the Troika in euro area programme countries" in Brussels[09/01/2014] A public hearing, organised by the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament, is taking place in Brussels today on "Employment and social aspects of the operations and role of the Troika in euro area programme countries. On this occasion, Mr. Petros Stangos, Vice President of the European Committee of Social Rights, is participating in this event. Programme
Website of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Activities and Events 2013