Multimedia documents on the European Social Charter
in the context of its 50th anniversary
18 October 1961 - 18 October 2011

The opening for signature of the European Social Charter in Turin on October 18 1961 was filmed by the Italian broadcaster RAI. The images were recently made available to the Council of Europe by kind permission of RAI, for use on its Internet site.

Archive Images  The Social Charter - archive images 18/10/2011 © Council of Europe/Conseil de l'Europe 2011

This illustrated radio report explains the history of the European Social Charter and the continuing challenges it faces in addressing problems concerning social rights in Europe. 

Radio report by René Wyndham
14/10/2011 © Council of Europe/Conseil de l'Europe 2011 

A place to live
This web documentary examines the problems of finding decent living conditions in Paris for people on low incomes. It coincides with the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter, which is referred to in the film.

Web documentary
14/10/2011 © Council of Europe/Conseil de l'Europe 2011

Social Charter - Report from Croatia and Bulgaria
This short film shows some concrete examples of how the European Social Charter works in practice. Jim Gibbons reports from Croatia and Bulgaria on the challenges faced by homosexuals, transgender and Roma people.
Film report
14/10/2011 © Council of Europe/Conseil de l'Europe 2011
Régis BRILLAT
Head of Department of the European Social Charter    
Audio podcast   Transcript (French only)
Social Charter achievements and future challenges : Mr Brillat explains (in French) the Charter's past achievements and future challenges, after being launched half a century ago in Turin, Italy.
14/10/2011 © Council of Europe/Conseil de l'Europe 2011 
Luis JIMENA QUESADA
President of the European Committee of Social Rights
Audio interview  (French) On the occasion of the 50th anniversary year of the Charter, Mr. Quesada has been asked to define the Charter, how it functions and to evaluate its impact over the last 50 years.
14/10/2011 © Council of Europe/Conseil de l'Europe 2011
Audio interview (Spanish with English transcript)
Audiovisual interview "Social rights in "flexible" Europe (Spanish)
Colm O'CINNEIDE
Vice President of the European Committee of Social Rights
Audiovisual interview
In this interview Mr. O'Cinneide addresses member countries of the Council of Europe who have ratified the Charter on the importance of respecting social rights in times of economic crisis.
14/10/2011 © Council of Europe/Conseil de l'Europe 2011
Monika SCHLACHTER
Vice President of the European Committee of Social Rights
Audiovisual interview "Soziale rechte in Europa (German)