The European Social
Charter is a Council of Europe treaty which guarantees social
and economic human rights. It was adopted in 1961 and revised in 1996.
The decision on admissibilty of the complaint Finnish Society of Social Rights v. Finland, No. 88/2012 has been adopted[22/05/2013] The European Committee of Social Rights has adopted the decision on admissibility of the complaint Finnish Society of Social Rights v. Finland, No. 88/2012. In this complaint, the complainant organisation alleges that Finland has not maintained the social security at a satisfactory level. (more information) Decision on admissibility Collective complaints website
Essay competition organised by ELSA on "Biotechnology and health care"[22/05/2013]ELSA, the European Law Students’ Association, organised an essay competition on the topic “Biotechnology and health care”. The right to the protection of health is guaranteed in Article 11 of the European Social Charter. The three best awarded essays are published here. Essay by Horiana Secara Essay by Zeynap Alkan Essay by Lenka Misova
(The opinions expressed in the essays are not necessarily those of the Council of Europe.)
The European Committee of Social Rights to examine Collective Complaint number 100
European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) v. Ireland, Complaint No. 100/2013
[16/05/2013] The complaint,
registered on 16 April 2013, concerns housing conditions and evictions
of Travellers in Ireland, and alleges violations of articles of the
European Social Charter which guarantee social, legal and economic protection. Complaint
complaints website (read
[14/05/2013] The European Committee of Social Rights held an exchange of views with Mr. Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights. Mr. Spielmann emphasised the indivisibility of human rights and the complementarity between the Court and the Committee, maintaining that both mechanisms are necessary to guarantee the protection of human rights. Views were exchanged on a wide range of topics, including recent developments pertaining to the Convention and the Charter, the future of social rights protection under both instruments, the impact of austerity measures taken by the States Parties and relations with the European Union and other international bodies. Mr. Spielmann expressed his hope that the dialogue between the Court and the Committee could continue and develop further in the future and he looked forward to resuming the exchanges on an annual basis. Mr. Spielmann's speech
European Committee of Social Rights
The 265th session of the Committee will be held from 1 to 5 July 2013.
The Committee's activity report for 2012 is on line.
Conclusions 2012 of the European Committee of Social Rights are publicIt is now possible to consult Conclusions 2012 and Conclusions XX-1 (2012) by State Party. These conclusions contain the assessments of the European Committee of Social Rights on the application of the Charter covering Charter rights pertaining to "employment, training and equal opportunities". Conclusions were adopted for the first time with respect to Montenegro, the Russian Federation and Serbia. (more information)
The Committee of Ministers adopts two resolutions with regard to Conclusions 2011 et Conclusions XIX-4 (2011)Resolution CM/Res/ChS (2013) 4 concerning the application of the 1961 European Social Charter (Conclusions XIX-4 (2011) and Resolution CM/Res/ChS(2013)5 concerning the application of the European Social Charter (revised), were adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 27 March 2013 at the 1166th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies. These conclusions concern provisions relating to "Children, families, migrants".
A recently registered collective complaint submitted by Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) against Sweden is on line- Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) v. Sweden, Complaint No. 99/2013)
The Committee of Ministers has adopted a new ResolutionFollowing the decision on the merits adopted on 30 June 2011 by the European Committee on Social Rights in the case European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) against Portugal, Complaint No.61/2010, the Committee of Ministers has adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2013)7 on 10 April 2013
Two decisions on the merits of the European Committee of Social Rights in the complaints Central Association of Carers in Finland v. Finland, Nos. 70/2011 and 71/2011, are public[22/04/2013]
Decision on the merits No.70/2011 Summary of the decision on the merits (more information)
Decision on the merits No.71/2011 Summary of the decision on the merits (more information)
[22/04/2013] Five decisions on the merits of the European Committee of Social Rights concerning pension schemes in Greece are public- Federation of Employed Pensioners of Greece (IKA–ETAM) v. Greece, Complaint No. 76/2012
- Panhellenic Federation of Public Service Pensioners (POPS) v. Greece, Complaint No. 77/2012
- Pensioners’ Union of the Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways (I.S.A.P.) v. Greece, Complaint No. 78/2012,
- Panhellenic Federation of Pensioners of the Public Electricity Corporation (POS-DEI) v. Greece, Complaint No. 79/2012
- Pensioner’s Union of the Agricultural Bank of Greece (ATE) v. Greece, Complaint No. 80/2012,
For more information please consult the Collective Complaints website
Meeting on the European Social Charter held in Ankara, Turkey[03/05/2013] A meeting was held in Ankara on 6 May 2013, in order to provide information on the provisions of the Charter not yet accepted by Turkey. This meeting was attended by two members of the European Committee of Social Rights, Prof. Luis Jimena Quesada, President of the Committee, and Mr. Ruchan Isik, as well as Mr. Régis Brillat, Head of the Department of the European Social Charter. Programme
Luis Jimena Quesada, President of the European Committee of Social Rights participated in the 6th Fundamental Rights Platform Meeting in Vienna[24/04/2013] The 6th Fundamental Rights Platform Meeting, organised by the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union, is being held in Vienna from 25 to 26 April 2013. This platform brings together participants in the agency’s network for cooperation as well as over 300 civil society organisations working on a variety of fundamental rights. On this occasion Prof. Luis Jimena Quesada, President of the European Committee of Social Rights, presented the collective complaint procedure.Prof. Jimena Quesada's speech Programme FRA website
ENSACT Joint European Conference in Istanbul - Social Action in Europe[22/04/2013] The 3rd ENSACT Joint European Conference was held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 16 to 19 April 2013. This conference focussed on the theme "Social action in Europe: towards inclusive policy and practice". Mr Régis Brillat, Head of the Department of the European Social Charter, was a key speaker at this event.
Programme ENSACT website
This is the programme of the conference which was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Conference on Human Rights (Wien+20), which took place on 15 and 16 April 2013 at Berlin, Germany. Mr Florent Duplouy, from the Department of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social Security, took part in the event, which was organised jointly by Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte and Forum Menschenrechte. Programme Site Wien+20