European Social Charter

Reform of the reporting and monitoring system of the European Social Charter

On 2 April 2014, the Committee of Ministers adopted changes to the reporting and monitoring system with respect to the European Social Charter. The changes are to be put in place with immediate effect. The most important aim of the changes is to simplify the national reporting mechanism for State Parties having accepted the collective complaints procedure.

In practical terms, the main changes can be summarised as follows:

1. France, Greece, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Ireland and Finland are to submit a simplified national report by 31 October 2014 by stating what follow-up action has been taken in response to the decisions of the European Committee of Social Rights on collective complaints.

2. The turn of the remaining State Parties having accepted the collective complaints procedure (Netherlands, Sweden, Croatia, Norway, Slovenia, Cyprus, and Czech Republic) to submit the simplified report is the year after, namely 31 October 2015.

3. At the level of the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social Security only cases of non-conformity selected by the European Committee of Social Rights will be discussed. 

For more information, please consult the full document on which the decision of the Committee of Ministers was based.

Decision of the Committee of Ministers