50th Anniversary of the European Social Charter
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Signatures and ratifications
The 50th Anniversary of the European Social Charter - from indivisible rights to making social rights a reality
Mr Luis Jimena Quesada
President of the European Committee of Social Rights
In October 2011, the celebrations will be held to mark the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter. All of the activities organised on this occasion should adopt the same principle: the need to move on from the ideal of indivisible rights to a genuine commitment to making social rights a reality.
The ideal of indivisibility may already have attained the highest possible level but our commitment can and must be firmer. (read more)
|The European Committee of Social Rights|
It adopts conclusions through the framework of the reporting procedure and decisions under the collective complaints procedure.
Bureau of the Committee:
Mr. Luis Jimena-Quesada, President (Spanish)
Mr. Colm O'Cinneide, Vice President (Irish)
Mrs. Monika Schlachter, Vice President (German)
Mr. Jean-Michel Belorgey, General Rapporteur (French)
Three new members have joined the Committee since 1 January 2011:
Ms Karin LUKAS (Austrian)
Ms Elena MACHULSKAYA (Russian)
Mr Giuseppe PALMISANO (Italian)
Collective Complaint Procedure
January - May 2011
Médecins du Monde v. France, Complaint No. 67/2011 (read more)
General Federation of employees of the national electric power corporation (GENOP-DEI/Confederation of Greek Civil Servants' Trade Unions (ADEDY) v. Greece, Complaint No. 65/2011 (read more)
General Federation of employees of the national electric power corporation (GENOP-DEI/Confederation of Greek Civil Servants' Trade Unions (ADEDY) v. Greece, Complaint No. 66/2011 (read more)
Complaint declared admissible
Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) v. France, Complaint No. 63/2010, declared admissible on 4/02/2011 (read more)
Decisions on the merits
European Council of Police Trade Unions (CESP) v. France, Complaint No. 57/2009), violation of Article 4§2 of the Revised Charter (increased remuneration for overtime work), decision on the merits (read more)
Confédération française de l'encadrement (CFE-CGC) v. France, Complaint No. 56/2009, violation of Articles 2 (the right to just conditions of work) and 4 (the right to a fair remuneration) of the Revised Charter, decision on the merits (read more)
Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT) v. France, Complaint No. 55/2009, violation of Articles 2 (the right to just conditions of work) and 4 (the right to a fair remuneration) of the Revised Charter, decision on the merits (read more)
Resolutions of the Committee of Ministers
Centre on Housing Rights (COHRE) v. Croatia, Complaint No. 52/2008, Resolution Res/CM/ChS(2011)6, (read more)
Confédération française de l'encadrement (CFE-CGC) v. France, Complaint No. 56/2009, Resolution Res/CM/ChS(2011)5, (read more)
Confédération générale du Travail (CGT) v. France, Complaint No. 55/2009, Resolution Res/CM/ChS(2011)4, (read more)
>>Collective Complaint Website
Conclusions 2011 (Revised European Social Charter)
Conclusions XIX-4 (2011) (European Social Charter)
This year the European Committee of Social rights is examining Charter rights related to children, families and migrants.
The following articles are concerned for both the Revised Charter and the 1961 Charter:
Article 7 (the right of children and young persons to protection),
Article 8 (the right of employed women to protection),
Article 16 (the right of the family to social, legal and economic protection),
(the right of mothers and children to social and economic protection)
Article 19 (the right of migrant workers and their families to protection and assistance).
The States bound by the Revised Charter will also report on the following articles:
Article 27 (the right of workers with family responsibilities to equal opportunity and treatment)
Article 31 (the right to housing).
The reference period covered is from 2005-2009. The deadline for submitting reports was 31/10/2010
The Committee's conclusions in respect of these provisions will be made public by the end of 2011.
|50th Anniversary of the European Social Charter
18 October 1961
On 18 October 2011 it will be 50 years since the European Social Charter was adopted. This anniversary will be marked by the Council of Europe in different ways during the course of 2011. The European Committee of Social Rights, for its part, will launch a reflection on how the visibility and impact can be improved and for this purpose it will, inter alia, review existing procedures and working methods.
It also invites the States Parties to consider how a wider application of the Charter can be ensured and in this respect it wishes to encourage those States who have not already done so will take steps to ratify the Revised Charter and the collective complaints procedure in 2011.
Consult our Calendar of events to keep informed of the many events which have been scheduled.
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Events in the framework of the 50th anniversary
International Conference on the reform of the Social Charter
8 February 2011, Helsinki (Finland)
The first event held to mark the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter took place on 8 February 2011 in Helsinki where a Seminar on the reform of the Charter was organised at the initiative of the Finnish government. After the opening of the Seminar by the President of the Republic of Finland, Mrs Tarja HALONEN, the Deputy Secretary General, Mrs Maud de BOER-BUQUICCHIO, outlined the evolution of the European Social Charter and its monitoring mechanisms. She considers that the collective complaints procedure is an absolute priority and that its acceptance should be regarded as a priority by every European democracy. (read on)
Helsinki Conference website
Seminar of experts organised in co-operation with the International Institute of Human Rights: Reflecting on the caselaw of the European Social Charter
9 May 2011, Strasbourg (France)
This seminar which was organised in cooperation with the International Institute for Democracy provided an excellent opportunity to reinforce and improve the collaboration which has always existed between the IIHR and the Council of Europe. Bringing together experts in the field of social rights to allow for an exchange of view with Governement authorities, NGOs, social partners and other experts and actors belonging to the Euopean Court of Human Rights, this seminar is one of the events taking place in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Charter.
Opening Speech by Luis Jimena-Quesada
>> Consult our Calendar of events
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