of the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR)
January 2010,
No. 2                                                        pdf format  
European Social Charter
Guaranteed Rights 
 Legal & social  protection
 Movement of persons

States Parties

Signatures and ratifications
47 States have signed or ratified either the Revised Charter or the 1961 Charter.
29 out of 42 States are bound by the Revised Charter and 13 by the 1961 Charter.


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- European Social Charter (1961), Conclusions XIX-2

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- Summaries of Decisions on admissibility (1998-2009) 
- Summaries of Decisions on the merits (1998-2009)

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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.
It adopts conclusions through the framework of the reporting procedure and decisions under the collective complaints procedure. 
President Mrs Polonca KONCAR, President of the European Committee of Social Rights  
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ECSREuropean Committee of Social Rights
President: Ms Polonca KONCAR (Slovenian)
Vice-President: Mr Andrzej SWIATKOWSKI(Polish)
Vice-President: Mr Colm O'CINNEIDE  (Irish)
Rapporteur General: Mr Jean-Michel BELORGEY (French)
SignaturesRecent Signatures and Ratifications 
Russian Ratification of the Revised CharterThe Russian Federation ratified the Revised European Social on 16 October 2009 accepting 67 of the Revised Charter's 98 paragraphs.  It will submit its first report in 2011.
Russian Factsheet  

Ratification of the Revised Charter by SerbiaSerbia ratified the Revised European Social on 14 September 2009 accepting 88 of the Revised Charter's 98 paragraphs.  It will submit its first report in 2011.

Signatures Signature of the Revised Charter by Croatia
 Croatia signed the Revised European Social Charter on 6 November 2009. 
ComplaintsCollective Complaints: 2009 in retrospect

The following decisions on the merits have been made public to date:

 European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) v. Bulgaria (No. 48/2008)
Decision: Violation of Article 13§1 of the Revised Charter

 International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights v. Croatia (INTERIGHTS) (No. 45/2007)
Decision: Violation of Article 11§2 of the 1961 Charter

 European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) v. Bulgaria (No. 46/2007)
Decision: Violation of Articles 11§1, 2 et 3, in conjunction with Article E, and Article 13§1 of the Revised Charter 

Confédération française démocratique du travail (CFDT) v. France (No. 50/2008)
 Sindicato dos Magistrados do Ministério Público (SMMP) v. Portugal (No. 43/2007)
 International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) v. Ireland (No. 42/2007)

 European Council of Police Trade Unions (CESP) v. Portugal (No. 40/2007)
In the four forementioned complaints, the Committee concluded that there was no violation of the Revised Charter.
The following complaints were declared admissible:
 European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)/ Centrale Générale des Syndicats Libéraux de Belgique (CGSLB)/Confédération des Syndicats chrétiens et Belgique (CSC)/Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique (FGTB) v. Belgium (No. 59/2009

 Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) v. Italy (No. 58/2009)

 European Council of Police Trade Unions (CESP) v. France (No. 57/2009)

 Confédération française de l'encadrement (CFE-CGC) v. France (No. 56/2009)  
Confédération générale du travail (CGT) v. France (No. 55/2009)
 European Council of Police Trade Unions (CESP) v. France (No. 54/2008)  
 Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) v. Croatia (No. 52/2008)
ReportingSystemReporting System
Publication of Conclusions 2009 (Revised Charter) and XIX-2 (2009)
(1961 Charter)
At its 239th, 240th and 241st session, the European Committee of Social Rights adopted Conclusions 2009 (Revised Charter) and XIX-2(2009) (1961 Charter). These conclusions may now be consulted on line by State. >>Conclusions by  State
National Reports for Conclusions 2010 and X1X-3 (2010) 
The national reports for the current reporting cycle concern the following provisions related to Thematic Group 3 (Labour Rights)2 (right to just conditions of work ), 4 (right to a fair remuneration), 5 (right to organise), 6 (right to bargain collectively), 21,or Article 2 of the Additional Protocol  (right of workers to be informed and consulted), 22, or Article 3 of the Additional Protocol (right of workers to take part in the determination and improvement of working conditions and working environment), 26 (right to dignity in the workplace), 28 (right of workers' representatives to protection in the undertaking and facilities to be accorded to them), 29 (right to information and consultation in procedures of collective redundancy).
The deadline for submitting reports was 31 October 2009.
The conclusions adopted by the Committee will be made public by the end of 2010. 
RecentSeminarsRecent Seminars / Meetings - 2009
Action Plan Seminars
These seminars aim to cooperate with States in the protection of social rights through a wider implementation of the European Social Charter. They aim in particular to  to promote the application of the Charter for countries which have already ratified either the 1961 Charter or the Revised Charter
 Krasnodar (Russian Federation), 15-16 December 2009
 Vienna (Austria), 11 November 2009

Meeting on the Revised European Social Charter
 Berlin (Germany), 25 November 2009

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OtherEventsOther events

Hearing on the European Social Charter at the Council of States in Bern (Switzerland), 11 January 2010
 Presentation of Mr Régis BRILLAT, Head of the Department of the European Social Charter
Round Table on the Social Rights of Persons of Concern to UNHCR, Strasbourg (France), 7 December 2010    __________________________________
Exchange of views in Paris organised by the PACE Monitoring Committee on the rights of vulnerable groups, 18 November 2009
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