European Social Charter

of the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR)
June 2010,
No. 3                                                        pdf format  
European Social Charter
Guaranteed Rights 
 Legal & social  protection
 Movement of persons

States Parties

Signatures and ratifications
47 States have signed or ratified either the Revised Charter or the 1961 Charter.
30 out of 43 States are bound by the Revised Charter and 13 by the 1961 Charter.

Useful Links


- European Social Charter (1961), Conclusions XIX-2

- European Social Charter (revised) Conclusions 2009

European Social Charter collected texts (6th edition)

Collective Complaints Summaries
- Summaries of Decisions on admissibility (1998-2010) 
- Summaries of Decisions on the merits (1998-2010)

Digest of the Caselaw of the European Committee of Social Rights (September 2008)

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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.
It adopts conclusions through the framework of the reporting procedure and decisions under the collective complaints procedure. 
ECSREuropean Committee of Social Rights
President: Ms Polonca KONCAR (Slovenian)
Vice-President: Mr Andrzej SWIATKOWSKI(Polish)
Vice-President: Mr Colm O'CINNEIDE  (Irish)
Rapporteur General: Mr Jean-Michel BELORGEY (French)
ActivityReport2009 Activity Report of the Committee
SignaturesSignatures & Ratifications 
Montenegro becomes the 30th State to ratify the Revised Charter
On 3 March 2010 the Permanent Representative of Montenegro, Ambassador Zoran JANKOVIC transmitted to Thorbjorn JAGLAND the  instruments of ratification for the Revised European Social Charter (entry into force on 10/05/2010. 

Mrs Polonca KONCAR, President of the European Committee of Social Rights welcomed this ratification and commended Montenegro for its commitment to core social rights and noted with satisfaction that the ratification had been helped along by good cooperation between the Montenegrin authorities and the Council of Europe.  Mrs KONCAR expressed her hope that the four member states that have not yet ratified the Charter (Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland) will do so in the near future.
Factsheet for Montenegro
Recapitulation of  Signatures and Ratifications in 2009
6 November 2009 - Croatia signs the Revised Social Charter
16 October 2009 - Russia ratifies the Revised Social Charter
14 September 2009 - Serbia ratifies the Revised Social Charter
10 June 2009 - Turkey ratifies the 1991 Amending Protocol to the European Social Charter
27 May 2009 - "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" signs the Revised Social Charter
ComplaintsCollective Complaints: 2010
Public hearing - 21 June 2010
Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) v. Italy (No. 58/2009) (more information) 
Bulgaria amends its Health Insurance and Social Assistance Acts to comply with the Revised Social Charter
(more information)
The following decisions on the merits have been made public to date:
 <25/05/2010> International Centre for the Legal Protecction of Human Rights (INTERIGHTS) v. Greece (No. 49/2008)
Decision: Violation of Article 16 of the Charter
 <28/02/2010> Defence for Children International (DCI) v. the Netherlands (No. 47/2008)
Decision: Violation of Article 31§2 and Article 17§1.c of the Revised Charter

 <27/02/2010> European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) v. France (No. 51/2008)
Decision: Violation of Article 31, Article 16, Article 30, Article 19§4c in conjunction with Article E of the Revised Charter, and Article 31§§1 and 2 of the Revised Charter.
 <01/02/2010> Fédération européenne des Associations nationales travailllant avec les Sans-abri (FEANTSA) v. Slovenia (No. 53/2008)
 Decision: Violation of Article 31 of the Revised Charter 
The following complaints were registered: 

 European Roman Rights Centre v. Portugal (No. 61/2010)

 European Council of Police Trade Unions (CESP) v. Portugal (No. 60/2010)
ReportingSystemReporting System
The Estonian Parliament adopts a law restricting the length of alternative service
In its Conclusions for 2006 and 2008, the European Committee of Social Rights declared that Estonian legislation, with regard to alternative service, did not comply with Article 1§2 (freely undertaken work) of the European Social Charter Revised.  This provision stipulates that the duration of alternative service may not exceed one and a half times the length of military service. The Committee ruled that the length of alternative service in Estonia was excessive  and therefore interfered with a person's right to earn his living in an occupation freely entered upon.
The Estonian Parliament recently passed amendments to the Defense Forces Service Act shortening alternative service from the current 12-18 months to 8-12 months as of July 2010, with a view to bringing Estonia's situation into conformity with the Revised Charter.
National Reports for Conclusions 2010 and X1X-3 (2010) 
The national reports for the current reporting cycle concern the following provisions related to Thematic Group 3 (Labour Rights)2 (right to just conditions of work ), 4 (right to a fair remuneration), 5 (right to organise), 6 (right to bargain collectively), 21,or Article 2 of the Additional Protocol  (right of workers to be informed and consulted), 22, or Article 3 of the Additional Protocol (right of workers to take part in the determination and improvement of working conditions and working environment), 26 (right to dignity in the workplace), 28 (right of workers' representatives to protection in the undertaking and facilities to be accorded to them), 29 (right to information and consultation in procedures of collective redundancy).
The deadline for submitting reports was 31 October 2009.
The following States have not submitted their reports to date:
Iceland, Finland, Ireland and Luxembourg
The conclusions adopted by the Committee will be made public by the end of 2010. 
RecentSeminarsRecent Seminars / Meetings - 2010 
Skopje ("the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia",  Seminar in preparation of the ratification of the Revised Charter, 15 April 2010
Belgrade (Serbia) 
Seminar to assist in the elaboration of the first report,
24 March 2010 

Moscow (Russian Federation)
Seminar to assist in the elaboration of the first report, 5 June 2010

>>More information on activities
OtherEventsOther events 
The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) held an exchange of views with the President of the Court of Justice of the European Union, Mr Vassilios Skouris in the presence of the President of the European Court of Human Rights, Mr Jean-Paul Costa, Strasbourg (France) 15 March 2010 (more) 
International Conference in Warsaw (Poland) on extreme poverty and human rights, organised by ATD 4th World, 24-25 May 2010
Conference on Housing Rights organised by FEANTSA, in Barcelona (Spain), 6 May 2010
ERRCWorkshopWorkshop organised by the European Roma Rights Centre  (ERRC) to take stock of and follow up decisions taken by the European Committee of Social Rights since 2006, in which Bulgaria was found to be in violation of the Revised Charter, Sofia (Bulgaria), 4 March 2010
ConferenceConference on the role of the European Committee of Social Rights organised by the Bar Association and the International Society of Labour Law and Social Security, Athens (Greece), 3 February 2010.
Meetings with legal professionals 
 Study visit for members and judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, 16 June 2010, Strasbourg 
 Study visit for members and judges of the Constitutional Court of Turkey, 19-20 May 2010, Strasbourg 
 Round Table  on enhancing the role of the supreme judicial authorities in respect of European standards, Ankara (Turkey), 14-16 April 2010. 
Two training sessions for legal professionals in Russia
- Training for prosecutors, St Petersburg, 2-3 June 2010
- Training for lawyers, Ufa, 11 to 12 February 2010  
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