European Social Charter

The European Social Charter is a Council of Europe treaty which guarantees social and economic human rights. It was adopted in 1961 and revised in 1996.
The European Committee of Social Rights rules on the conformity of the situation in States with the European Social Charter, the 1988 Additional Protocol and the Revised European Social Charter.


FOCUS

Conference on the future of the protection of social rights in Europe (Brussels, 12-13 February 2015)

Within the framework of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of Europe the Federal Public Service Social Security 2015 and the Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue, in cooperation with the Council of Europe, will organise the 12th and 13th of February a conference on the theme "The Future of the Protection of Social Rights in Europe" in Brussels. For more information, please visit the website of the Council of Europe www.coe.int/turinprocess


NEWS

The decision on admissibility in the case International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) v. Ireland, Complaint No. 110/2014, has been adopted

[24/03/2015]  The European Committee of Social Rights adopted the decision on admissibility at its last session on 17 March 2015 with regard to the case International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) v. Ireland, Complaint No. 110/2014. The decision is now available on line. The complaint relates to Articles 11 (the right to protection of health), 16 (right of the family to social, legal and economic protection), 17 (right of children and young persons to social, legal and economic protection) and 30 (right to protection against poverty and social exclusion) of the Revised European Social Charter, read alone or in conjunction with the non-discrimination clause set forth in Article E of the Revised European Social Charter. The complainant organisation, FIDH, alleges that Irish law, policy and practices on social housing do not comply with European housing, social protection and anti-discrimination standards, in breach of the above mentioned provisions. (more information)
Decision on admissibility No. 110/2014   Collective complaints website

The decision on the merits adopted by the European Committee of Social Rights in the complaint Association for the Protection of All Children (APPROACH) Ltd v. France is public

[04/03/2015] The decision of the European Committee on Social Rights on the merits of the complaint Association for the Protection of All Children (APPROACH) Ltd v. France, Complaint No. 92/2013 became public on 4 March 2015 and is now available on line. In its decision, the Committee holds that there is no sufficiently clear, binding and precise prohibition of corporal punishment set out in French law, contrary to Article 17 of the Charter (the right of mothers and children to social and economic protection). . (more information)
Decision on the merits No. 92/2013
Collective complaints website

The decision on the merits adopted by the European Committee of Social Rights in the complaint Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) v. Ireland is public

[18/02/2015] Following the adoption of Resolution CM Res ChS (2015) 1 by the Committee of Ministers on 18 February 2015, the decision of the European Committee on Social Rights on the merits of the complaint Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) v. Ireland
(No. 89/2013) becomes public on the same date. In its decision, the Committee holds, by 11 votes to 1, that there is no violation of Article 7§10 of the Charter (the right of children and young persons to protection).

Resolution CM/ResChS(2015) 1 Decision on the merits No. 89/2013
Collective complaints website

The decision on the merits adopted by the European Committee of Social Rights in the complaint Finnish Society of Social Rights v. Finland is public.

[11/02/2015] The decision of the European Committee on Social Rights on the merits of the complaint Finnish Society of Social Rights v. Finland, Complaint No. 88/2012 became public on 11 February 2015 and is now available on line. It relates to the right to social security (Article 12 of the Charter). (more information)
Decision on the merits No. 88/2012
Collective complaints website

Presentation of the General Report of the High-level Conference on the European Social Charter (Turin, 17-18 October 2014) by M. Michele Nicoletti, Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, General Rapporteur of the Conference, to the Committee of Ministers. For more information, see the Council of Europe website http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/european-social-charter

European Committee of Social Rights publishes its Conclusions for 2014

[22/01/2015] In 2014 the European Committee of Social Rights examined national reports submitted by the States Parties on the articles of the Charter relating to labour rights (Articles 2, 4, 5, 6, 21, 22, 26, 28 and 29) . The Committee adopted the conclusions regarding these articles at its session in December 2014 and introduced them to the Press on 22 January 2015. These conclusions are now public and are available here on the Social Charter website.

European Committee of Social Rights elects Giuseppe Palmisano as its president

[22/01/2015]  On 20 January 2015, during its 276th session, the European Committee of Social Rights elected its new Bureau for a period of two years. Giuseppe Palmisano was elected as new President of the Committee, Monika Schlachter and Petros Stangos were re-elected as Vice-presidents and finally Lauri Leppik was elected as the new General Rapporteur. The Bureau held its first meeting in this composition on 21 January 2015.

Launch of a new HUDOC Social Charter case-law database

[22/01/2015]  On the occasion of the publication of the European Committee of Social Rights’ Conclusions 2014, the Executive Secretary of the Committee, Régis Brillat, announced the launch of a new HUDOC Social Charter case-law database. The new database, set up in cooperation with the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, provides enhanced research tools with an enriched yet simple to use interface and already contains the Conclusions published today.

The decision on admissibility in the case Associazione Nazionale Giudici di Pace v. Italy, Complaint No. 102/2013, has been adopted

[13/01/2015]  The European Committee of Social Rights adopted the decision on admissibility at its last session on 2 December 2014 with regard to the case Associazione Nazionale Giudici di Pace v. Italy, Complaint No. 102/2013. The decision is now available on line. The complaint relates to Article 12 (right to social security) of the European Social Charter. The complainant organisation, Associazione Nazionale Giudici di Pace (the National Association of Justices of the Peace), alleges that Italian law does not provide any social security and welfare protection for this category of honorary Judges, in violation of the Charter provision relied on. (more information)
Decision on admissibility No. 102/2013   Collective complaints website

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Session of the European Committee of Social Rights in Strasbourg
The 277th  session of the European Committee of Social Rights was held in Strasbourg from 16 to 20 March 2015.

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A 113rd complaint has been lodged before the European Committee of Social Rights

- Unione Italiana del Lavoro U.I.L. Scuola – Sicilia v. Italy, Complaint No. 113/2014
The complainant trade union, Unione Italiana del Lavoro U.I.L. Scuola – Sicilia, lodged a complaint against Ireland which was registered on 14 November 2014. Its relates to Articles 12, 25 and E of the European Social Charter. The complainant trade union alleges that the Italian regulations on social protection - particularly the Interministerial Decree No. 83473 of 1 August 2014 - by excluding, in Sicily, the employees of the training sector from the system of the redundancy fund , La Cassa Integrazione Guadagni in deroga (paying cash salary supplements), violates the aforementioned provisions of the Charter. Complaint No. 113/2014 (Italian only) Collective complaints website

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Recent events


Meeting on non accepted provisions of the European Social Charter by Serbia in Belgrade

[7/11/2014] A meeting on the non accepted provisions of the European Social Charter by Serbia was held in Belgrade on 4 November 2014.  The meeting was opened by Mr Nenan Ivanisevic, Secretary of State, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs. Two members of the European Committee of Social Rights, Mr. Lauri Leppi et Mr. Marcin Wujczyk participated in this meeting, as well as Mr. Régis Brillat, Head of the Department of the European Social Charter, Executive Secretary of the European Committee of Social Rights and Mrs Sheila Hirschinger of the Department of the European Social Charter.  An exchange of views also took place on the Collective Complaints procedure and the European Code of Social Security.


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