The European Social Charter
The decision of the European Committee of Social Rights on the merits of the complaint European...
Strasbourg, France 30 June - 1 July 2016
A meeting of the Mutual Information System on Social Protection of the Council of Europe...
Strasbourg, France 27-28/06/2016
The European Social Cohesion Platform held its first meeting on 27-28 June 2016 in Strasbourg....
The European Social Charter: a “sustainable common path for peoples and states” says Greek Prime MinisterStrasbourg, France 22/06/2016
The solution is “a new social contract” which would strengthen democracy and combat inequality,...
The European Social Charter is a Council of Europe treaty that guarantees fundamental social and economic rights as a counterpart to the European Convention on Human Rights, which refers to civil and political rights. It guarantees a broad range of everyday human rights related to employment, housing, health, education, social protection and welfare.
The Charter lays specific emphasis on the protection of vulnerable persons such as elderly people, children, people with disabilities and migrants. It requires that enjoyment of the abovementioned rights be guaranteed without discrimination.
No other legal instrument at pan-European level can provide such an extensive and complete protection of social rights as that provided by the Charter, which also serves as a point of reference in European Union law; most of the social rights in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights are based on the relevant articles of the Charter.
The Charter is therefore seen as the Social Constitution of Europe and represents an essential component of the continent’s human rights architecture.