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 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.


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The decision on admissibility and the merits of the complaint USMA v. France is public

[07/04/2014] On 2 April 2014 the Committee of Ministers adopted Resolution CM Res ChS (2014) 5, making public the decision on admissibility and the merits in the case Union syndicale des Magistrats administratifs (USMA) v. France, Complaint No. 84/2012. In this decision the European Committee of Social Rights unanimously declares the complaint admissible and concludes that there is no violation of Article 4§2 of the Charter. Decision on admissibility and the merits

Workshop on the Social Charter in Valencia

[09/04/2014] A workshop dedicated to the promotion and awareness-raising of the European Social Charter, organised by the Spanish trade union UGT, was held in Valencia, Spain, on 9 April 2014. Prof. Luis Jimena Quesada, President of the European Committee of Social Rights, participated in this workshop and gave a presentation of the role of the Committee and the impact of the Social Charter in Spain.  Programme






UNHCR/European Network on Statelessness Conference organised by UNHCR in Strasbourg


[08/04/2014] A Conference  entitled “Stateless but not Rightless: Improving the Protection of Stateless Persons in Europe”, jointly organised by the European Network on Statelessness and the UNHCR Representation to the European Institutions was held in Strasbourg on 8 April.2014.  Mr. Henrik Kristenssen, Deputy Head of the European Social Charter participated in this conference. Programme

European Committee of Social Rights


Session of the European Committee of Social Rights in Strasbourg
The 271st session of the European Committee of Social Rights will be held in Strasbourg from 12 to 16 May 2014.

Synopsis of the 270th session



Conclusions 2013 of the European Committee of Social Rights are public

[29/01/2014]  It is now possible to consult Conclusions 2013 and XX-2 (2013) of the European Committee of Social Rights on the implementation of the European Social Charter. In 2013, the Committee adopted some 570 conclusions, including some 180 findings of violations de la Charter, pertaining to health, social security and social protection.  (more information) Conclusions by State Party General Introductions  Dossier de presse Interview with Luis Jimena Quesada (Spanish)

The Committee of Ministers adopts two resolutions ion the implementation of the European Social Charter (revised) and on the implementation of the 1961 European Social Charter, during the period 2007-2010 (concerning the provisions relating to employment, training and equal opportunity)

Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)4 on the implementation of the European Social Charter (revised) during the period 2007-2010 (Conclusions 2012)
Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)3 on the implementation of the 1961 European Social Charter during the period 2007-2010 (Conclusions XX-1 (2012))

Exchanges of view with the Committee
Activity reports


Collective Complaints


A complaint lodged by European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) against Czech Republic has been registered

[26/03/2014] Complaint No. 104/2014 was registered on 3 March 2014. The complainant organisation, the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) alleges that in the Czech Republic, Roma are disproportionately subjected to residential segregation, substandard housing conditions, forced evictions and other systemic violations of the right to adequate housing and the right to health.  (more information) Complaint No. 104/2014  Collective complaints website

The decision on the merits adopted by the European Committee of Social Rights in the complaint International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN) v. Italy is public

[10/03/2014] The decision of the European Committee on Social Rights on the merits of the complaint International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN) v. Italy, Complaint No. 87/2012 became public on 10 March 2014 and is now available on line. It concerns the difficulties experienced by women in the access to termination of pregnancy under Italian legislation which amount, according to the complainant organisation, to a breach of the right to health as guaranteed by the Charter. (more information) Decision on the merits No. 87/2012  Summary of the decision on the merits

 Collective complaints website

Recent events


Colloquy on the condition of Roma in Italy

[03/04/2014] The association 21 Luglio organised a colloquy under the patronage of the European Commission on 3, 4 and 5 April 2014, focussing on the condition of Roma in Italy. The main objective of this colloquy  is to attain a better understanding of the social and legal condition of Roma communities and to achieve a wider application of the national Roma integration strategy adopted by Italy on 28 February 2012. Prof. Luis Jimena Quesada, President of the European Committee of Social Rights will speak on social rights of vulnerable persons. Programme

Hearing on the Committee's decision in LO/TCO v. Sweden, Complaint No. 85/2012

[26/03/2014] A hearing on the Committee's decision in LO/TCO v. Sweden, Complaint No. 85/2012, was organised by the Swedish Parliamentary Committee responsible for re-considering/ reviewing the Swedish legislation to implement the CJEU decision in the Laval case, Stockholm (Sweden). Two members of the European Committee of Social Rights, Ms Birgitta Nyström et Mr Giuseppe Palmisano, attended the audition, as well as Mr Henrik Kristensen, Deputy Head of the Department of the European Social Charter.

Luis Jimena Quesada participates in two events in Paris, 14 March 2014

[14/03/2014]  - Exchange of views on “the implementation of the Charter; austerity measures in Europe and their impact on the European social model" with the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly
- Training session for lawyers organized by the Paris Bar

Activities of the European Social Charter

See also

Complaints by year

 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011| 2010

  Collective complaints website

The Charter in the field

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007


Calendar of Events for the 50th anniversary Interviews and Multimedia documents 2011

Theme factsheets

Roma rights
Migrant's rights
Children's rights
  Rights of people with disabilities
Right to education
Right to health
Equality between women and men

 High level Conference in Turin


A high level  Conference will be held in Turin, Italy, from 17-18 October 2014. (more information)
 

Upcoming Events

25/04/2014: "Foro Experto los Derechos sociales en Europa/Espana/Andalucia", organised by the Centro de Estudios Andaluces, University of Sevilla 
 

National reports Conclusions 2014

The Committee is currently examining national reports covering Charter rights related to labour rights. The deadline for submitting reports was 31/10/2013.  (more information) It is possible to consult the most recent reports for the following countries: Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belgium,  Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,  France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro,   Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Romenia, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, United Kingdom

 

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