INGO Conference of the Council of Europe

Working Group “European Social Charter”

January session: Meeting of the working group Thursday 26 from 1.30 pm to 2.30 at the Agora
(meeting point in front of the cafeteria).

Proposed working method: functioning according to work domains with one INGO as a pilot.
2 domains for the year 2012:

1. Monitoring of the Charter
The monitoring is based on national reports following a calendar fixed by the Committee of Ministers. In the current reference period (2007-2010) the articles relating to employment, training and equal opportunities are reported on (group 1: art. 1, 9, 10, 15, 18, 20, 24, 25).

Method: We should have one INGO pilot for each article or group of articles.
Tasks of this pilot:

Timeframe: As the national reports come in from October to end of January, we will have to make an intermediary report end of February and the final report end of April 2012.

Distribution of the articles:

Pilot: INGO?

In the present context the scrutiny of the implementation of these 3 articles should especially bear on acquiring or updating vocational skills as presently required for having access to employment or keeping employment.
Pilot: INGO ?

Pilot: INGO  AEH

Pilot: INGO?

Pilot: INGO?

Note: we are not obliged to give an opinion for all these articles. It may be better to concentrate our efforts on just some articles and gather accurate information from the national NGOs on these articles.

Please register right now for participating in the study of one of the groups of articles and also for piloting a group. According to your answers we will decide in January which of the articles will be given priority.
Please register with M.J.Schmitt:

2. Collective complaints
Note: a memento explaining the procedure for submitting a collective complaint will be available and presented in January 2012.

Other work to be prepared: Hearing of the INGO Conference by the Governmental Committee of the Charter.
This hearing is lasting a short hour each year during which the Conference is invited to provide the representatives of the governments with additional information (grass roots information) on the articles on which they have to give their opinion as to the conclusions made by the European Committee of Social Rights (reference period 2005-2009).
This hearing will be in May 2012 and concerns the following articles (group 4):

- article 7 The right of children and young persons to protection
- article 8
The right of employed women to protection of maternity
- article 16 The right of the family to social, legal and economic protection
- article 17
The right of children and young persons to social, legal and economic protection
- article 19
The right of migrant workers and their families to protection and assistance
Note: this article concerns only workers lawfully within the territory of a state.
- article 27 The right of workers with family responsibilities to equal opportunities and equal treatment
- article 31
The right to housing.

The European Committee of Social Rights’ conclusions on these reports will be published before the end of 2011.

Question : Do you have information on particular difficulties arising in some States as to one or several of the above mentioned articles, ongoing complaints, studies or others ?
We will decide at our meeting in January how to prepare this hearing.