The European Social Charter
28 sept. 2023
Presentation of the book “The European Social Charter: A commentary” - 1st and 2nd volumes and panel discussion on the cost-of-living crisisStrasbourg 28/09/2023
The Department of Social Rights of the Council of Europe, together with the Academic Network on...
27 sept. 2023Strasbourg 27/09/2023
The complaint was registered on 18 September 2023. It concerns Articles 16 (the right of the...
26 sept. 2023Strasbourg 26/09/2023
The COE-FRA-ENNHRI-EQUINET Collaborative Platform on Social and Economic Rights will hold its...
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...
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