The Social Rights Department organised, together with the Council of Europe Conference of INGOs a training session for non-governmental organisations on the monitoring procedures of the European Social Charter and in particular on the use of the collective complaints procedure as a means of advancing the implementation of socio-economic rights at national level.
The second session was devoted to the use of the collective complaints procedure. The objective was to provide non-governmental organisations with “know how” about the procedure and strengthen their capacity to submit collective complaints under the Charter. In addition, the session aimed at highlighting the key role of non-governmental organisation in the application of the monitoring procedures of the European Social Charter to better protect social rights at the pan-European level, in particular of vulnerable groups in countries that have ratified the Protocol.
A first training session was held online on 29 March 2022. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the two monitoring procedures under the European Social Charter and to examine the targeted questions sent to States Parties of the European Social Charter relating to thematic group 3 on labour rights for conclusions 2022. For information, INGOs have the possibility to submit additional information to the European Committee of Social Rights under the reporting procedure of the Charter until 30 June 2022.
Speeches and Presentations (by order of appearance in the programme)
- Gerhard Ermischer, Opening Speech by the President of the Conference of INGOs
- Laurent Viotti, Coordinator of the Collective Complaints, Social Rights Department (PPT and Explanatory notes) [fr]
- Aoife Nolan, Vice-President of the European Committee of Social Rights
- Pim Fischer, Lawyer at FEANTSA and Joris Sprakel, Lawyers at FEANTSA
- Henrik Kristensen, Deputy Head of Social Rights Department