The Conference of INGOs adoped a declaration on the European Social Charter

27/01/2017 Strasbourg, France

On the occasion of its last plenary meeting, the Council of Europe’s Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) adopted the Declaration "The European Social Charter is central to the dialogue between the Council of Europe and the European Union”. This document refers to...

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European Parliament Resolution on the European Pillar of Social Rights

19/01/2017 Strasbourg, France

The European Parliament, following on a motion approved by its Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - based on a report prepared by Ms Maria João Rodrigues, Rapporteur - adopted a Resolution on the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Resolution explicitly refers “the European Social...

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Secretary General’s Opinion on the European Pillar of Social Rights

20/01/2017 Strasbourg, France

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has published today his Opinion on the European Union initiative to establish a European Pillar of Social Rights. In his letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, Council of Europe Secretary General highlighted the fact that this...

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Turin II events: publication of the official speeches and interventions

05/12/2016 Strasbourg, France

The official speeches and interventions of the Interparliamentary Conference on the European Social Charter and the Turin Forum on Social Rights in Europe, held in Turin on 17 and 18 March 2016, have been published. The book is a collection of different speeches delivered during the two events,...

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20 years of the revised European Social Charter: colloquium on Italy's contribution to the protection of social rights in Europe

03/11/2016 Rome, Italy

The 20th anniversary of the revised European Social Charter occurs in a period of major challenges for the implementation of social rights in Europe. The economic crisis and the austerity measures, as well as the unemployment of young people, the influx of immigrants, the increase of xenophobic...

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Seminar on the collective complaints procedure under the European Social Charter

25/10/2016 Belgrade, Serbia

The Department of the European Social Charter organises, in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of Serbia, a seminar on the Collective complaints procedure for representatives of different Serbian institutions working on social rights. The objective of...

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Exchange of views between the President of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Committee of Social Rights

20/10/2016 Strasbourg, France

The European Committee of Social Rights held an exchange of views with the President of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), Koen Lenaerts, on 20 October 2016, on issues of mutual interest, in particular recent developments in the case law of the two bodies. The exchange followed on...

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Position paper of ETUC on the European Pillar of Social Rights

06/09/2016

Following widespread consultation, and debate in the Executive Committee, ETUC has drawn up a position paper on the EU Pillar of Social Rights. The paper sets out the ETUC’s observations and recommendations on the EU Pillar of Social Rights at the halfway point of the consultation process and...

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The European Social Charter: a “sustainable common path for peoples and states” says Greek Prime Minister

22/06/2016 Strasbourg, France

The solution is “a new social contract” which would strengthen democracy and combat inequality, declared yesterday the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, referring to the standards of the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe as a “sustainable common path for people and states”....

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Report of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

European pillar of social rights: critical legal analysis and proposals

22/06/2016 Brussels, Belgium

The European Social Charter and the case-law of the European Committee of Social Rights are mentioned on several occasions in the ETUI report, emphasizing that the “European Union would be supporting full compliance with these standards [Council of Europe standards] and ensuring that the...

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ILO Report on Building a Social Pillar for European convergence

15/06/2016 Geneva, International Labour Office

The ILO Report on Building a Social Pillar for European Convergence refers on several occasions to the European Social Charter together with other national and international legal standards that protect social rights in Europe. Based on International Labour Standards, the report on ‘Building a...

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European Parliament's Study on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union

07/06/2016 Strasbourg, France

The European Parliament (EP) study mentions, amongst others, the Council of Europe’s monitoring systems concerning fundamental rights and, more particularly, social rights and the European Social Charter. The study was commissioned by the European Parliament's Policy Department for Citizens'...

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Interparliamentary Conference on the European Social Charter: official speeches available

03/05/2016 Turin, Italy

The official speeches from the Interparliamentary Conference on the European Social Charter, held in Turin on 17 March 2017, have been published online. For more information, please consult the conference web page.

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Report by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe - 2016

Implementation of social rights in the Council of Europe member States: the Secretary General's view

25/04/2016 Strasbourg, France

"Social rights will remain at the top of our agenda, in particular securing more ratifications of the Revised European Social Charter and the Protocol on Collective Complaints", sais in his 2016 Report on the State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law - A Security Imperative for Europe,...

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The Committee of Ministers meets the President of the European Committee of Social Rights

30/03/2016 Strasbourg, France

In his intervention, Prof. Giuseppe Palmisano, President of the European Committee of Social Rights, referred to the results of the monitoring activities carried out by the Committee during 2015 in the framework of the reporting system and collective complaints procedure. He highlighted the...

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The European Social Charter: a reference for the EU pillar on social rights

18/03/2016 Turin, Italy

At the Turin Forum on Social Rights in Europe (Turin, 18 March 2016), Rudi Delarue, representative of the European Commission referred to the preliminary outline of the 'European Pillar of Social Rights', announced by President of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in September last year, and to...

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Official deposit of the instrument of ratification of the Revised Social Charter by Greece

18/03/2016 Turin, Italy

Georgios Katrougalos, Minister of Labour, Social Security & Social Solidarity of the Hellenic Republic, officially deposited the instrument of ratification of the Revised European Social Charter by Greece. The ceremony took place during the Forum on Social Rights in Turin on 18 March 2016. Greece...

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Presentation of the book: Europe’s Social Rights under the Turin Process

18/03/2016 Turin, Italy

The book was presented by the editors and some of the authors on 18 March 2016 at the Diploma blue room (Sala Lauree Blu) of the Luigi Einaudi Lungo Dora Siena 100A University in Turin. Flyer Table of content of the book

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Rapporteur on the "Turin process" appointed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

28/01/2016 Strasbourg

The PACE Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development appointed Ms Sílvia Eloïsa BONET (Andorra, SOC), First Vice-Chairperson of the Committee and member of the Sub-Committee on the European Social Charter, as Rapporteur on the "Turin process" for the European Social Charter....

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Call to action of the Conference of INGOs to support “Turin Process”for the European Social Charter

29/01/2016 Strasbourg, France

This proposed action by the Conference of INGOs to support the "Turin Process" has been prepared by a select group in consultation and with the support of the President of the Conference and the Chair of the Human Rights Committee. It is being carried out in liaison with the European Committee of...

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