The European Social Charter
19 mai 2023
334th session of the European Committee of Social RightsStrasbourg 19/05/2023
The European Committee of Social Rights is holding its 334th session from 22 to 26 May 2022, in...
15 mai 2023
Launching of the project “Enhancing social and employment rights of persons from vulnerable groups in the Republic of Moldova”Strasbourg 15/05/2023
On Wednesday, 17 May 2023, the Council of Europe and the Austrian Development Agency will launch...
4 mai 2023
146th meeting of the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social SecurityStrasbourg 4/05/2023
The Governmental Committee* of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social...
17 avr. 2023
The decision on the merits in European Disability Forum (EDF) and Inclusion Europe v. France, Complaint No. 168/2018, is now publicStrasbourg 17/04/2023
The decision of the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) on the merits in European...
12 avr. 2023
New complaint concerning FranceStrasbourg 12/04/2023
European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) and...
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
Department of Social Rights
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