The European Social Charter
23 Sep 2022 12:51:00
The European Social Charter at Sixty: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects for the Protection of Social Rights in EuropeUlster University, online 10/05/2022
The Ulster University (Northern Ireland) is pleased to share the recording of a conversation on...
19 Sep 2022 12:16:00Strasbourg 19/09/2022
The Committee of Ministers has adopted the following recommendation and resolutions on 14...
19 Sep 2022 11:15:00
North Macedonia: The Council of Europe and the UNHCR join forces to discuss access to social and economic rights and integration related services for refugees and stateless personsSkopje, North Macedonia 21/09/2022
Access to social and economic rights and integration related services for refugees and stateless...
19 Sep 2022 10:48:00
Strengthening cooperation between National Human Rights Institutions/Equality Bodies and civil society organisations working on social rightsBratislava, Slovak Republic 20/09/2022
The COE-FRA-ENNHRI-EQUINET Collaborative Platform on Social and Economic Rights will hold its...
16 Sep 2022 15:08:00
European Parliament calls on EU Member States to accept Article 31 of the Revised Charter on the right to housingStrasbourg, France 16/09/2022
In its Resolution of 15 September 2022 on the situation of fundamental rights in the European...
The European Social Charter is a Council of Europe treaty that guarantees fundamental social and economic rights as a counterpart to the European Convention on Human Rights, which refers to civil and political rights. It guarantees a broad range of everyday human rights related to employment, housing, health, education, social protection and welfare.
The Charter lays specific emphasis on the protection of vulnerable persons such as elderly people, children, people with disabilities and migrants. It requires that enjoyment of the abovementioned rights be guaranteed without discrimination.
No other legal instrument at pan-European level can provide such an extensive and complete protection of social rights as that provided by the Charter, which also serves as a point of reference in European Union law; most of the social rights in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights are based on the relevant articles of the Charter.
The Charter is therefore seen as the Social Constitution of Europe and represents an essential component of the continent’s human rights architecture.
The 7th edition of the Collected texts provides an updated account of all of the relevant instruments of the Charter, and the functioning of the various bodies which participate in the monitoring procedures.
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, at the 1437th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies on 15 June 2022, adopted the procedure (CM/Del/Dec(2022)1437/4.3E) for filling the five seats on the European Committee of Social Rights falling vacant on 31 December 2022, with the terms for...
ECSR Conclusions 2021
The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) today published its conclusions 2021 in respect of 33 States* on the articles of the Charter relating to the thematic group “Health, social security and social protection”. Germany and Iceland submitted their reports too late and therefore the...