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.
Europe restarts in Turin: High-level Conference on the European Social Charter[07/07/2014] Europe is perceived by its citizens as being remote from their everyday concerns. In order to regain its appeal Europe must focus on the fundamental values which are central to its mission to bring together states and their citizens and primarily on the European Social Charter, signed in Turin on 18 October 1961.
This treaty, a genuine social constitution for Europe,must be at the forefront so that Europe can once again count on the full support of citizens and the commitment of states based on the values of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
Against this background, the Italian Government, the Council of Europe and the City of Turin are, in the context of the Italian Presidency of the European Union, organising a High-level Conference on the European Social Charter, to be held in Turin, at Teatro Regio, on 17 and 18 October 2014.
The purpose of the Conference is to bring together policy-makers from the member States and institutions of the Council of Europe, as well as those of the European Union, to discuss the relaunch of the normative system based on the Charter, with a view to its consecration as a source of international law – alongside the European Convention on Human Rights – to uphold the respect of all fundamental rights.
The debates of the Conference will focus on the integration between the law of the European Union and the provisions of the Charter, the judicial monitoring of its application, and the contribution of the Charter to the crisis exit phase. In this framework, Ministers, vice-Ministers and Secretaries of States will take the floor during a Ministerial Session.
A summary report of the debates will be drawn up and this will be forwarded immediately after the Conference to the authorities of the States and international organisations involved.
Five resolutions are adopted by the Committee of MinistersAt the 1204th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 2 July 2014, the Committee of Ministers adopted Resolutions CM/ResChS(2014)7, CM/ResChS(2014)8, CM/ResChS(2014)9, CM/ResChS(2014)10 and CM/ResChS(2014)11, following the decisions on the merits adopted on 07/12/2012 by the European Committee on Social Rights in the following cases :
- 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 (more information)
The Committee of Ministers adopts changes to the reporting and monitoring system with respect to the European Social CharterOn 2 April 2014, the Committee of Ministers adopted changes to the reporting and monitoring system with respect to the European Social Charter. The changes are to be put in place with immediate effect. The most important aim of the changes is to simplify the national reporting mechanism for State Parties having accepted the collective complaints procedure. (more information) Streamlining and improving the reporting and monitoring system of the European Social Charter Decision of the Committee of Ministers
European Committee of Social Rights
The 273rd session of the European Committee of Social Rights will be held in Strasbourg from 8 to 12 September 2014.
Synopsis of the 272nd session
Exchanges of view with the Committee
Five complaints have been registered against Italy, Finland and Belgium- Associazione sindacale "La Voce dei Giusti" v. Italy, Complaint No. 105/2014
- Finnish Society of Social Rights v. Finland, Complaint No. 106/2014
- Finnish Society of Social Rights v. Finland, Complaint No. 107/2014
- Finnish Society of Social Rights v. Finland, Complaint No. 108/2014
- Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC) v. Belgium, Complaint No. 109/2014
The Associazione sindacale "La Voce dei Giusti" lodged a complaint against Italy which was registered on 22 April 2014 and relates to Articles 10 and E of the European Social Charter. It concerns the right to vocational training for teaching staff in a certain category. Complaint No. 105/2014 (Italian only)
The Finnish Society of Social Rights lodged three complaints against Finland which were registered on 29 April 2014 and relate to Articles 12 and 24 of the European Social Charter.
- Complaint No. 106/2014 concerns unlawful dismissals (sanctions and relevant remedies)
Complaint No. 106/2014
- Complaint No. 107/2014 concerns collective dismissals based on financial or productions–related grounds Complaint No. 107/2014
- Complaint No. 108/2014 concerns the situation of the long-term unemployed Complaint No. 108/2014
The Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC) lodged a complaint against Belgium which was registered on 30 April 2014 and relates to Articles 15 and 17 of the European Social Charter. It concerns the right to an inclusive education for children with disabilities. Complaint No. 109/2014
Collective complaints website
Meeting on non accepted provisions of the European Social Charter by Azerbaijan in Baku[25/06/2014] A meeting on the non accepted provisions of the European Social Charter by Azerbaijan was held in Baku today. Two members of the European Committee of Social Rights, Mr. Lauri Leppi et M. Ruchan Isik participated in this meeting, as well as Mr. Ramon Prieto-Suarez, legal officer in the Department of the European Social Charter. Programme
Round table on the promotion of the European Social Charter in Belarus[18/06/2014] A round table on the promotion of the European Social Charter was held in Belarus on 19/06/2014. Mr Régis Brillat, Head of the Department of the European Social Charter and Mrs Danuta Wisniewska-Cazals participated in this event. Programme
Symposium on collective complaints in Paris[18/06/2014] A symposium on the European Social Charter and collective complaints, organised in cooperation with the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Personnes Âgées (FIAPA), was held in Paris on 18 June 2014. Prof. Luis Jimena Quesada, President of the European Committee of Social Rights, participated in this symposium. Programme Press Release
Meeting in Moscow to allow for an exchange of views on conclusions with respect to the Russian Federation[27/05/2014] A meeting was held in Moscow on 27 May 2014 allowing for an exchange of views covering specific provisions where the European Committee of Social Rights has found the Russian Federation not to be in compliance with the rights enshrined in the Charter as well as cases in which the Committee was unable to reach a decision due to insufficient information. Three members of the European Committe of Social Rights, Mr Petros Stangos, Vice President, Ms Elena Machulskaya and Ms Eliane Chemla, participated in this meeting, as well as Mr. Régis Brillat, Head of the Department of the European Social Charter and Mr. Ramon Prieto Suarez, legal officer. Programme
Activities of the European Social Charter