The European Social Charter
13 Jul 2022 10:21:00Strasbourg 13/07/2022
The European Committee of Social Rights adopted during its 328th session (4-8 July 2022): The...
13 Jul 2022 08:36:00
The European Committee of Social Rights received a significant number of shadow reports by social partners and civil society organisationsStrasbourg, France 13/07/2022
In 2022, state reports have been, as in 2021, the subject of unprecedented interest from the...
08 Jul 2022 17:15:00
States Parties to the European Social Charter are invited to report on the rights of children, families and migrants by 31 December 2022Strasbourg, France 08/07/2022
The European Committee of Social Rights transmitted, in the framework of the reporting procedure,...
07 Jul 2022 16:47:00Strasbourg 07/07/2022
The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) adopted amendments to its Rules during its 328th...
06 Jul 2022 15:42:00
Support from social partners is essential for strengthening social rights, says ECSR President Karin LukasStrasbourg, France 06/07/2022
On 6 July, the European Committee of Social Rights held an informal exchange of views with a...
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...