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|The activity report 2011 of the European Committee of Social Rights is public : a year in retrospect
"Fifty years on, there is reason to look forward to the future with optimism," according to the President of the Committee Luis Jimena Quesada. "The Charter and its case law have become a source of legitimacy for national policy, of mutual exchange at international level, of motivation and inspiration for civil society organisations and not least a source of hope for millions of people that their daily lives will be improved." (more information
) Activity report 2011
| European Committee of Social Rights The Committee is currently examining Charter rights relating to employment, training and equal opportunities in view of Conclusions 2012. States Parties will report on Articles 1, 9, 10, 15, 18, 20, 24 and 25 which concern Charter rights related to employment, training and equal opportunities.Exchange of views with Mr. Morten Kjaerum, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
The 258th session of the European Committee of Social Rights is being held in Strasbourg from 25 to 28 June 2012. Agenda
)Election procedure for members of the European Committee of Social Rights
At the 1142nd meeting of the Ministers' Deputies held on 9 May 2012 a decision
was adopted concerning the procedure of electing five members of the European Committee of Social Rights.
|Collective Complaints 2012Decisions on the meritsEuropean Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) v. France, Complaint no. 64/2011
In its decision the European Committee of Social Rights unanimously concluded that there is a violation of Article E taken in conjunction with Articles 19�8, 30, 31��1, 2 and 3 and Article 16 of the Revised Charter. The decision
became public on 8 June 2012 (more information
European Council of Police Trade Unions (CESP)v. Portugal, Complaint No. 60/2010
The Committee concluded that there was a violation of Article 4�2 (right to increased rate of remuneration for overtime work) of the Revised Charter, and that there was no violation of Article 6�� 1 and 2 nor of Article 22 of the Revised Charter. The decision became public on 5 March 2012. (more information)
Decisions on admissibility
- Fellesforbundet for Sj�folk (FFFS) v. Norway, No. 74/2011, decision on admissibility, became public on 8 June 2012. The complainant trade union alleges a violation of Article 1��1 and 2 and Article 24 of the Revised Charter.
- Federation of Employed Pensioners of Greece (IKA-ETAM) v. Greece, No. 76/2012, decision on admissibility
- Panhellenic Federation of Public Service Pensioners (POPS) v. Greece, No. 77/2012, decision on admissibility
- Pensioners' Union of the Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways (I.S.A.P.) v. Greece, Complaint No. 78/2012, decision on admissibility
- Panhellenic Federation of Pensioners of the Public Electricity Corporation (POS-DEI) v. Greece, Complaint No. 79/2012, decision on admissibility
- Pensioner's Union of the Agricultural Bank of Greece (ATE) v. Greece, Complaint No. 80/2012, decision on admissibility
These complaints submitted against Greece concern a reduction of pension schemes in both the private and public sectors in violation of Articles 12�3 and 31�1. The decisions all became public on 8 June 2012.
Committee of Ministers adopted text(s)
The Committee of Ministers adopted Resolution Res/CM/ChS(2012)3
on 4 April 2012 with regard to case European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Centrale G�n�rale des Syndicats Lib�raux de Belgique (CGSLB), Conf�d�ration des Syndicats chr�tiens de Belgique (CSC) and F�d�ration G�n�rale du Travail de Belgique (FGTB) v. Belgium, Complaint No. 59/2009. (more information
)Two complaints are registered against FranceAction europ�enne des handicap�s
(AEH) v. France, Complaint No. 81/2012
, concerns the problems regarding access of autistic children and adolescents to education and access of young adults with autism to vocational training.Comit� europ�en d'action sp�cialis�e pour l'Enfant et la Famille dans leur milieu de vie
(EUROCEF) v. France, Complaint no. 82/2012
, concerns suspension of family allowances in cases of truancy.
>> Collective Complaints Website
|Ratification of the Additional Protocol providing for a system of collective complaints by the Czech Republic
Ambassador Tomas Bocek, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic, transmitted the instrument of ratification of the Additional Protocol providing for a system of collective complaints to Mrs Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, today. This instrument will enter into force on 1 June 2012. Czech Republic is the 15th State Party to the Charter to accept to be bound by the collective complaints procedure.
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. (more information)
|Conclusions 2012 and XX-1 (2012)
|National Reports It is possible to consult reports online for the following countries : Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Gemany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.
Comments by INGOs and trade unions may be consulted by clicking here.
Country Reports on non-accepted provisions
|The Charter in the field
Seminar in Tirana, Albania on non-accepted provisions, 5 June 2012 Programme
Seminar on the Collective Complaint Procedure, Rome, Italy, 17 May 2012 Programme
Seminar in Astrakhan to ensure a wider application of the Charter in the Russian Federation and to assist in the signature and ratification of the European Code of Social Security, 24-25 April 2012 ProgrammeTraining and workshops
Workshop organised by PICUM (Platform for international cooperation on undocumented migrants), Brussels, Belgium, 15 June 2012 Programme
Workshop on the right to work, legal and philosophical perspectives, London, 20 May 2012 (more information
"The European Social Charter, 50 years on: Committee, Interpretation and Compliance", organised by UCL European Institute, London, 10 May 2012 (more information
Training course for Russian civil servants at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Moscow, Russian Federation, 25 April 2012 MGIMO websiteOther events
Resocialising Europe and the mutualisation of risks to workers, London, 19-20 May 2012 (more information
International confrence "Contemporary Housing issues in a changing Europe", Galway, Ireland, 20-21 April 2012 Programme Presentation of Mr.R�gis Brillat Conference website
Webinair on women's rights to social security protection : the role of the European Social Charter, 26 April 2012 Videos of presentations
>> Activities and Events 2012
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