50th anniversary of the European Social Charter
1961-2011

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Audio recording of the signing of the European Social Charter
On 18 October 2011 the European Social Charter celebrated its 50th anniversary. This major event has been marked by the Council of Europe in different ways during the course of the year.  The Committee for its part launched a reflection on how visibility and impact can be improved and for this purpose it has been reviewing existing procedures and working methods.  It 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 to take steps to ratify the Revised Charter and the collective complaints procedure in 2011.
8 February 2011 Helsinki (Finland) International seminar on the reform of the European Social Charter, organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Council of Europe More information / Photos


Reform of the European Social Charter
(presentations of the interational and academic seminars)

9 February 2011 Helsinki (Finland) Academic seminar on Social Human Rights in Europe Programme
 

18 March 2011 Strasbourg (France) Interview with Mr. Luis Jimena-Quesada, President of the European Committee of Social Rights Audio recording of interview (English/Spanish)
Audiovisual  recording of interview (Spanish)
30 March 2011 Kirov (Russian Federation) Seminar dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter "European Social Charter - Protection of Children and Young People" Programme
27-28 April 2011 Seville (Spain)  5th Forum Andalou on social rights, an academic seminar on the European Social Charter (more)
 
Programme (Spanish only)
Conclusions of the seminar  
9 May 2011 Strasbourg, International Institute of Human Rights (France) Seminar of experts organised in cooperation with the International Institute of  Human Rights "Réflexions autour d'une jurisprudence de la Charte sociale européenne" (Reflecting on the caselaw of the European Social Charter) Programme (French only)
Introductory remarks by Luis Jimena Quesada
 
10 June 2011 La Rochelle; Law University (France) Academic Seminar on the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter Programme Seminar on 50th anniversary of the Charter, La Rochelle (France), June 2011
21 June 2011 Vilnius (Lithuania) Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the European Social Charter and the 10th Anniversary of the implementation of the Charter in Lithuania, and meeting with representatives of the Lithuanian government on provisions of the Revised Euopean Social Charter not accepted by Lithuania 

Programme

Lithuanian Ministry of Labour Facebook
Photos

 

Seminar on Non-Accepted Provisions in Lithuania, 21 June 2011

(From left to right: Mr Arminas Lydeka, Chairman of Seimas‘ Committee on Human Rights, Ms Irena Degutienė, Speaker of the Seimas (Parliament), Mr Donatas Jankauskas, Minister of Social Security and Labour, Ms Csilla Kollonay-Lehoczky, member of the European Committee of Social Rights, Mr Rimantas Jonas Dagys, Chairman of Seimas' Committee on Social Affairs and Labour.)

 

14-18 September 2011 European Youth Centre, Strasbourg (France) Enter! Youth meeting "Access to social rights for all young people" Programme

Further informaton on project Enter!


 
23 September 2011 Paris (France) Joint Conference  "The Council of Europe's Social Charter 50 years on, What's next?", organised by the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of France and the European Economic and Social Committee
(more information)

 


Programme

 

 


 

Conclusions of the conference Speech by Staffan Nilsson Speech by Leila Kurki 

Press release: Strengthening social rights: France, Council of Europe and EU announce initiative |  Пресс-релиз : Новая инициатива Совета Европы, Евросоюза и Франции в области социальных прав граждан
 

Website of the European Economic and Social Committee
 



 

 



Opening speech by Torbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

 

 



Social Europe - Interviews of Toute l'Europe.eu featuring Jean Paul Delevoye and Luis Jimena-Quesada



La crise est une opportunité pour l'Europe sociale 
Jean-Paul Delevoye, President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of France




 
L'Europe sociale est à deux vitesses  
Luis Jimena Quesada, President of the European Committee of Social Rights

 

29-30 September 2011 Kyiv (Ukraine) Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Social Charter organised by the Ukrainian Ministry for Labour and Social Policy

Programme of Celebration (29 September 2011)Programme of Meeting on Non-accepted provisions (29-30 September 2011)
 

 
6 October 2011 Strasbourg, Council of Europe (France) Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter  organised by the Parliamentary Assembly  in co-operation with the Department of the European Social Charter

Meeting on non-discrimination in the enjoyment of social rights

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in co-operation with the Department of the European Social Charter, organised a meeting on non-discrimination in the enjoyment of social rights on October 6th to mark the 50th anniversary of the Charter. Speakers included Thomas Hammerberg (Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights), Luis Jimena Quesada (President of the European Committee of Social Rights), Oliver Lewis (Executive Secretary of the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre), and Rudko Kawczynski (President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum).

17 October 2011 Ecole nationale d'administration (E.N.A.), Strasbourg (France) Round Table "Les Droits de l'homme dans le contexte de crise : l'apport de la Charte sociale européenne" (Human rights in times of crisis, the contribution of the European Social Charter)

Programme

 
17-18 October 2011 Cracow (Poland)
Press Release disseminated by ATD Fourth World Poland

Promotion of the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter by ATD Fourth World
At the first Annual Convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion, held in Cracow from 17 to 18 October 2011, ATD Fourth World Poland organised a stand  with documents concerning the Charter and its 50th Anniversary.

17-21 October 2011 Paris (France) Various exhibitions featuring animated videos and commentaries on the European Social Charter, Ministère de la Santé et des Solidarités (Ministry for Health and Solidarity)    
50th Anniversary of the European Social Charter

18 October  2011

Strasbourg, Council of Europe (France) New Council of Europe communication tools relating to the Charter
Round  Table on  the ratification of the Collective Complaints procedure
Official ceremony | Video of the official ceremony

Speeches
Thorbjørn Jagland
Sergiy Tigipko
Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu
Jean-Paul Costa (fr)
Luis Jimena Quesada
Piero Fassino

Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the 50th Anniversary
 



 
23 October 2011 Pinerolo (Province of Torino, Italy) A lecture  by Professor Francesco Ingravalle of the  Facoltà Scienze Politiche Università Piemonte Orientale was given to the Rotary Club, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Charter Lecture  
25 October 2011 Istanbul (Turkey) Symposium on social rights organised by the University of Kocaeli Symposium in Turkey, October 2011Programme
Website of Kocaeli University
In the context of the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter, an international symposium was held at the University of Kocaeli in Istanbul on 25 October 2011.  This seminar was attended by Messrs.Ruchan  Isik and Petros Stangos, members of the European Committee of Social Rights, and Mr. Régis Brillat, Head of Department of the European Social Charter.
2 November 2011 Metz (France) Université de l'automne on the theme "Mobilité et valeurs européennes", (Mobility and European values,  Conference given by Régis Brillat on values and human rights Programme  
11 November 2011 Zagreb (Croatia) Conference organised by PRAGMA, a national NGO Programme
About the Conference
Conclusions
Article in Croatian press (en)
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6/12/2011 EESC, Brussels, Belgium 2nd General Assembly of the Pan-European Regional Council (PERC), presentation of the European Social Charter by Riccardo Priore, administrator in the Department of the European Social Charter and of the European Code of Social Security    
7 December 2011 Lisbon (Portugal) Seminar dedicated to the Collective Complaint System, organised by the Cabinet of Strategy and Planning of the Ministry of Solidarity and Social Security with the support of Santa Misericórdia de Lisboa Programme
15 December 2011 Tblisi (Georgia) Conference "European Social Charter and Social rights protection in Georgia" in the context of the  50th anniversary of European Social Charter  and the 15th anniversary of Revised European Social Charter Draft programme

Seminar on the protection of social rights in Georgia, Tblisi, 15 December 2011