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The European Social Charter


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.

The 7th edition of the Collected texts provides an updated account of all of the relevant instruments of the Charter, and the functioning of the various bodies which participate in the monitoring procedures.

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Conference on Social Rights in today’s Europe: the role of domestic and European Courts

24/02/2017 Nicosia, Cyprus

The Supreme Court of Cyprus in cooperation with the Council of Europe organize, in the framework of the Cypriot Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers (22 November 2016 - 19 May 2017), a Conference on the role of domestic and European Courts Bearing in mind the objectives...

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CDDH: Report on improving the implementation of social rights in Europe

20/06/2016 Strasbourg, France

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe entrusted the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) to: undertake an analysis of the legal framework of the Council of Europe for the protection of social rights in Europe, in particular the case law of the European Court of Human Rights as...

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