The European Social Charter
22 sept. 2023
Capacity building in Latvia for NGOs, trade unions and Ombudsman Office on the European Social CharterStrasbourg 22/09/2023
Today, the Council of Europe and the Ombudsman Office of the Republic of Latvia jointly organised...
22 sept. 2023Strasbourg 22/09/2023
The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) adopted during its 336th session (11-15 September...
21 sept. 2023Strasbourg 21/09/2023
Today, a delegation of the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) met with representatives of...
14 sept. 2023Strasbourg 14/09/2023
The Committee of Ministers has adopted the following recommendations on 6 September 2023 at the...
11 sept. 202311/09/2023
Today, the Department of Social Rights organised an event with representatives from Permanent...
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.
European Social Charter
Right to Health
Safety at work
Rights of Older Persons
Right to education