The European Social Charter
30 Nov 2021 17:22:00Strasbourg, France 09/12/2021
To mark the 60th anniversary of the European Social Charter, the Permanent Representation of...
30 Nov 2021 14:55:00Paris, France 2-3/12/2021
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is holding the next NETLEX anniversary conference...
26 Nov 2021 14:26:00
Presentation of a book on the Revised European Social Charter, followed by a panel discussion on the future of social rightsStrasbourg, France 07/12/2021
The Permanent Representation of Austria to the Council of Europe is organising, in cooperation...
18 Nov 2021 11:12:00
Current challenges and opportunities for social rights protection in the light of the Revised European Social CharterBialystok, Poland 23/11/2021
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the European Social Charter, the Polish Section of the...
10 Nov 2021 09:09:00
The decision on the merits in Confédération générale du travail (CGT) and Confédération française de l’encadrement-CGC (CFE-CGC) v. France, Complaint No. 149/2017, is now publicStrasbourg 10/11/2021
The decision of the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) on the merits in Confédération...
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 European Social Charter celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2021. It was opened for signature in Turin on 18 October 1961. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the opening for signature of the revised European Social Charter. On this occasion, the Council of Europe will hold a...
The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) has established criteria for equal pay and equal opportunities for women in employment. The ECSR emphasises the need to recognise the right to equal pay in national legislation, the right to an adequate and effective remedy in case of alleged wage...