Luis Jimena Quesada pays tribute to the Czech Republic’s ratification of the Additional Protocol providing for a system of collective complaints

[04/04/2012] Luis Jimena Quesada, President of the European Committee of Social Rights noted with satisfaction that the Czech Republic has made a major step forward in safeguarding and promoting social rights by accepting to be bound by the 1995 Additional Protocol providing for a system of collective complaints. Adhering to this system enables INGOs and social partners to lodge complaints alleging violations of articles of the Charter in a State Party.

Mr Jimena Quesada said that the acceptance by the Czech Republic of this protocol is a courageous and conscious act of commitment to the safeguard of social human rights  and a proof that the Czech authorities are aware of the need for interaction between social partners and organisations from civil society.

The ratification came very timely, shortly after the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter on 18 October 2011, during which a brainstorming session took place on the collective complaint procedure. This session, the acts of which will be published in the coming months, provided an opportunity to raise awareness of this instrument and served as a “wake-up call” to States to take up this challenge and follow the example set by the 14 States already bound by this procedure.

“The Collective Complaints Protocol will celebrate its 20th year of existence in 2015”, said Mr Jimena Quesada. “Today 15 States have signed this treaty. I hope that by then, many more States Parties will have accepted to fully involve civil society organisations in the creation of a socially just society, thus heeding the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the 50th anniversary of the Charter which encourages States to consider ratifying the Protocol.”

Interview with Mr Jimena Quesada on the ratification