Details of Treaty No.142

Protocol amending the European Social Charter
Title Protocol amending the European Social Charter
Reference ETS No.142
Opening of the treaty Turin, 21/10/1991  - Treaty open for signature by the member States signatories to Treaty ETS 35
Entry into Force  - Ratification by the Parties to Treaty ETS 35.

The Amending Protocol of 1991 improves considerably the control machinery of the Charter.

The Protocol confirms the political role of the Committee of Ministers and of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. It clarifies the respective functions of two principal organs of control, - i.e. the European Committee of Social Rights (restricted body composed of independent persons, which decides whether or not the situations in the countries concerned are in conformity with the Charter in law and in practice) and the Governmental Committee (body composed of representatives of each of the Parties, which prepares the Committee of Ministers’ work) -, and reinforced the participation of social partners and non-governmental organisations.

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