European Social Charter

Europe restarts in Turin: High-level Conference on the European Social Charter

  Europe is perceived by its citizens as being remote from their everyday concerns. In order to regain its appeal Europe must focus on the fundamental values which are central to its mission to bring together states and their citizens and primarily on the European Social Charter, signed in Turin on 18 October 1961.
This treaty, a genuine social constitution for Europe,must be at the forefront so that Europe can once again count on the full support of citizens and the commitment of states based on the values of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
Against this background, the Italian Government, the Council of Europe and the City of Turin are, in the context of the Italian Presidency of the European Union, organising a High-level Conference on the European Social Charter, to be held in Turin, at Teatro Regio, on 17 and 18 October 2014.
The purpose of the Conference is to bring together policy-makers from the member States and institutions of the Council of Europe, as well as those of the European Union, to discuss the relaunch of the normative system based on the Charter, with a view to its consecration as a source of international law – alongside the European Convention on Human Rights – to uphold the respect of all fundamental rights.
The debates of the Conference will focus on the integration between the law of the European Union and the provisions of the Charter, the judicial monitoring of its application, and the contribution of the Charter to the crisis exit phase. In this framework, Ministers, vice-Ministers and Secretaries of States will take the floor during a Ministerial Session.
A summary report of the debates will be drawn up and this will be forwarded immediately after the Conference to the authorities of the States and international organisations involved. Draft Programme  Press release

Pictures and other documents concerning the signing of the 1961 Social Charter in Turin,
Palazzo Madama
, 18 October 1961

Audio recording of the signing of the European Social Charter