European Social Charter

A message from the President of the European Committee of Social Rights following the ratification of the Revised Charter by "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"

[03/02/2012] Mr Luis Jimena Quesada, President of the European Committee of Social Rights, expressed his satisfaction at the ratification of the Revised Charter by "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", making it the 32nd State Party to this Council of Europe treaty which safeguards social rights. . Out of the total of 43 countries which are now States Parties, only 11 have not yet ratified the Revised Charter.

Mr Jimena Quesada paid tribute to "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's" commitment to fundamental social rights, and in particular to the example it has set by assuming greater responsibility for the safeguard of these rights in times of economic crisis.

In this context Mr Jimena Quesada recalled the acceptance of further provisions by Cyprus in the framework of the 50th anniversary, as an example of confronting the economic crisis through an intensification of social commitment.

Mr Jimena Quesada referred to the recent Declaration of the Committee of Ministers which invites those States that have not yet done so to consider ratifying the Revised Charter. In particular he wished to encourage the four States which have not ratified either Charter (Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland) to do so in the near future.

Finally, he strongly encouraged the States Parties which have not yet done so to accept the Protocol providing for a collective complaints mechanism. This monitoring mechanism has proven to be an efficient means of targetting violations of the Charter and of obtaining positive action on the part of its States Parties, and as such is a most effective tool in the implementation of social rights.

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