European Social Charter

Spring Issue, May 2011, No. 5
Newsletter of the European Committee of Social Rights                     

50th Anniversary of the European Social Charter

 

Read the articles relating to this major event below 
 

In this Issue 

 

 Message from the President, Mr. Luis Jimena-Quesada
 The European Committee of Social Rights
 Collective Complaints procedure
Reporting System

50th Anniversary of the European Social Charter  

 Events in the framework of the 50th anniversary
Interviews of the European Social Charter 

European Social Charter

Guaranteed Rights 
 Housing
 Health
 Education
 Employment
 Legal & social  protection
 Movement of persons  Non-discrimination

States Parties


Signatures and ratifications

 

30 of the Council of Europe member  States are bound by the Revised Charter and 13 by the 1961 Charter.

All 47 member States have signed the Charter (45 have signed the Revised Charter and only 2 have signed the 1961 Charter).

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MessagePresidentThe 50th Anniversary of the European Social Charter - from indivisible rights to making social rights a reality

Mr Luis Jimena Quesada
President of the European Committee of Social Rights
May 2011
   
In October 2011, the celebrations will be held to mark the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter. All of the activities organised on this occasion should adopt the same principle: the need to move on from the ideal of indivisible rights to a genuine commitment to making social rights a reality.

The ideal of indivisibility may already have attained the highest possible level but our commitment can and must be firmer. (read more)
CommitteeThe European Committee of Social Rights
 

 

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. 

  

Bureau of the Committee

Mr. Luis Jimena-Quesada, President (Spanish)

Mr. Colm O'Cinneide, Vice President (Irish)

Mrs. Monika Schlachter, Vice President (German)

Mr. Jean-Michel Belorgey, General Rapporteur (French)  

Three new members have joined the Committee since 1 January 2011:

 

Ms Karin LUKAS (Austrian)

Ms Elena MACHULSKAYA (Russian)
Mr Giuseppe PALMISANO (Italian)

ComplaintsCollective Complaint Procedure

January - May 2011

 
Complaints registered

Médecins du Monde v. France, Complaint No. 67/2011 (read more)

General Federation of employees of the national electric power corporation (GENOP-DEI/Confederation of Greek Civil Servants' Trade Unions (ADEDY) v. Greece, Complaint No. 65/2011 (read more)

 General Federation of employees of the national electric power corporation (GENOP-DEI/Confederation of Greek Civil Servants' Trade Unions (ADEDY) v. Greece, Complaint No. 66/2011 (read more

Complaint declared admissible

Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) v. France, Complaint No. 63/2010, declared admissible on 4/02/2011 (read more)

Decisions on the merits

 European Council of Police Trade Unions (CESP) v. France, Complaint No. 57/2009), violation of Article 4§2 of the Revised Charter (increased remuneration for overtime work), decision on the merits (read more)

 Confédération française de l'encadrement (CFE-CGC) v. France, Complaint No. 56/2009, violation of Articles 2 (the right to just conditions of work) and 4 (the right to a fair remuneration) of the Revised Charter, decision on the merits (read more)

Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT) v. France, Complaint No. 55/2009, violation of Articles 2 (the right to just conditions of work) and 4 (the right to a fair remuneration) of the Revised Charter, decision on the merits (read more)

Resolutions of the Committee of Ministers 

Centre on Housing Rights (COHRE) v. Croatia, Complaint No. 52/2008, Resolution Res/CM/ChS(2011)6, (read more)

Confédération française de l'encadrement (CFE-CGC) v. France, Complaint No. 56/2009, Resolution Res/CM/ChS(2011)5, (read more)  

 

Confédération générale du Travail (CGT) v. France, Complaint No. 55/2009, Resolution Res/CM/ChS(2011)4, (read more)

>>Collective Complaint Website 

ReportingReporting system

Conclusions  2011 (Revised European Social Charter) 
Conclusions XIX-4 (2011) (European Social Charter)

 

This year the European Committee of Social rights is examining Charter rights related to children, families and migrants.
  

The following articles are concerned for both the Revised Charter and the 1961 Charter:

 

Article 7 (the right of children and young persons to protection),

Article 8 (the right of employed women to protection),

Article 16  (the right of the family to social, legal and economic protection),

Article 17 (the right of mothers and children to social and economic protection)

Article 19 (the right of migrant workers and their families to protection and assistance).

 

The States bound by the Revised Charter will also report on the following articles:

 

Article 27  (the right of workers with family responsibilities to equal opportunity and treatment)

Article 31  (the right to housing).

  
The reference period covered is from 2005-2009. The deadline for submitting reports was 31/10/2010.

 

The Committee's conclusions in respect of these provisions will be made public by the end of 2011.

 

National reports
Anniversary50th Anniversary of the European Social Charter

18 October 1961 
1961-2011 
 

  

On 18 October 2011 it will be 50 years since the European Social Charter was adopted. This anniversary will be marked by the Council of Europe in different ways during the course of 2011. The European Committee of Social Rights, for its part, will launch a reflection on how the visibility and impact can be improved and for this purpose it will, inter alia, review existing procedures and working methods.

 

It also invites the States Parties to consider how a wider application of the Charter can be ensured and in this respect it wishes to encourage those States who have not already done so will take steps to ratify the Revised Charter and the collective complaints procedure in 2011.   

   

Consult our Calendar of events to keep informed of the many events which have been scheduled.

 

Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the European Social Charter by ordering a free copy of our anniversary poster and displaying it in a prominent place.

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Events50thAnnivEvents in the framework of the 50th anniversary    


International Conference on the reform of the Social Charter
8 February 2011, Helsinki (Finland)

 

The first event held to mark the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter took place on 8 February 2011 in Helsinki where a Seminar on the reform of the Charter was organised at the initiative of the Finnish government. After the opening of the Seminar by the President of the Republic of Finland, Mrs Tarja HALONEN, the Deputy Secretary General, Mrs Maud de BOER-BUQUICCHIO, outlined the evolution of the European Social Charter and its monitoring mechanisms. She considers that the collective complaints procedure is an absolute priority and that its acceptance should be regarded as a priority by every European democracy. (read on)
Helsinki Conference website

 

Seminar of experts organised in co-operation with the International Institute of Human Rights: Reflecting on the caselaw of the European Social Charter
9 May 2011, Strasbourg (France)

  

This seminar which was organised in cooperation with the International Institute for Democracy provided an excellent opportunity to reinforce and improve the collaboration which has always existed between the IIHR and the Council of Europe. Bringing together experts in the field of social rights to allow for an exchange of view with Governement authorities, NGOs, social partners and other experts and actors belonging to the Euopean Court of Human Rights, this seminar is one of the events taking place in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Charter.

Programme
Opening Speech by Luis Jimena-Quesada

>> Consult our Calendar of events 

 

InterviewsInterviews of the European Social Charter 2011  



Audio interview with Mr Luis Jimena Quesada
(Spanish with English transcript)

Audiovisual interview (Spanish)




Audiovisual interview with Mrs. Monika Schlachter, Vice Président of the European Committee of Social Rights (German)  


 


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