European Social Charter

Activities of the European Social Charter

from 1997 to the present time

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The Charter in the field
Specific activities on the European Social Charter have been organised since 1994. The annually increasing number of activities in all the new member States has resulted in a parallel rise over recent years in the number of signatures and ratifications of Charter instruments. 

These activities include various kinds of seminars and meetings organised in member States among which are the following:

Information and technical seminars

Meetings have already been held in a number of member States in order to explain, on the one hand, the substance of the rights guaranteed by the Charter and on the other, to construct compatibility studies of national legislation and practice with the Charter's standards.

Seminars for the preparation of first reports

This activity targets States which have ratified either the 1961 Charter or the Revised Charter, and is designed to help them compile their first national report, ensuring that it contains the necessary information to enable the European Committee of Social Rights to assess whether the country concerned fulfils its obligations under the Charter.

Seminars organised within the framework of the Third Summet Action Plan

Their goal is to provide assistance to a State in the protection of social rights through a wider implementation of the European Social Charter. They aim in particular to reinforce dialogue with a State and broaden its knowledge of the Charter in order to quicken the process of ratification and to promote knowledge of the Charter among competent national players (public authorities, Parliament, judges, civilians).

Joint co-operation programmes between the Council of Europe and the European Union

These programmes aim to promote the development of social dialogue and collective bargaining in a region based on the standards of the Charter, through an exchange of information on mechanisms and good practices of social dialogue both as regards those in existence in the region concerned, as well as in countries with highly developed systems of social dialogue.

Meetings on on non-accepted provisions (procedure provided for in Article 22 of the 1961 Charter)

In conformity with a decision of the Committee of Ministers of 11 December 2002, the States which have ratified the European Social Charter (revised) should report on the non-accepted provisions every five years after the date of ratification.