50th anniversary of European social rights charter marked in Zagreb
11/11/2011 - HINA/ Croatia
A conference, attended by the chair of the European Committee of Social Rights, Luis Jimena Quesada, was held in Zagreb on Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of the European Charter of Social Rights.
The conference was held under the auspices of Croatian President Ivo Josipovic who said he did not want the document to remain "a dead letter" in Croatia.
In its Constitution, Croatia is defined as a social state, it has signed the revised European Social Charter and I expect the document to be ratified in the Croatian Parliament immediately after the parliamentary elections," Josipovic told the conference, organised by the "Pragma" association.
Josipovic said his Office received between 200-300 emails on a daily basis in which citizen describe their social problems which were often the result of social circumstances.
"This is why the fight against poverty is also a fight for social rights, "Josipovic said, adding he was confident it was possible to achieve both an economically successful and profitable society and respect workers' rights following the principle of "New Equity."
Josipovic said that citizens' complaints are often the result of a heartless administrative mechanism in which "papers are dragged from one drawer to another.
"I am confident that the time that comes will bring new winds and that nobody will be able to heartlessly sit in their chair without having sympathy for problems of the people," Josipovic said.
The chair of the European Committee of Social Rights, Luis Jimena Quesada, said the European Social Charter, the CoE international agreement protecting the economic, labour and social rights, was the second most important document of the Council of Europe after European Convention on Fundamental Human Rights.
The economic and financial crisis must not be an excuse for the reduction of already achieved standards, he said.
Those present were also greeted by Zagreb mayor Milan Bandic and Zagreb City Assembly President Boris Sprem.