The European Social Charter
22 mars 2023
The European Committee of Social Rights publishes its Conclusions on Labour RightsStrasbourg 23/03/2023
The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) today published its Conclusions 2022 in respect of...
21 mars 2023
Exchange of views of the ECSR with the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CCS)Strasbourg 21/03/2023
Today, the European Committee of Social Rights is holding an exchange of views with the European...
20 mars 2023
The ECSR meets with the Finnish Government RepresentativesStrasbourg 20/03/2023
Today, the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) is holding a bilateral meeting with a...
15 mars 2023
Presentation of the conclusions 2022 of the European Committee of Social Rights relating to labour rightsStrasbourg 15/03/2022
The European Committee of Social Right (ECSR) will present its conclusions for 2022 on Wednesday...
10 mars 2023
Third party organisations are invited to submit additional information to the ECSR on the rights of children, families and migrants by 30 June 2023Strasbourg 10/03/2023
The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) invites trade unions, employers’ organisations,...
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
Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law
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