Today, the Council of Europe and the Ombudsman Office of the Republic of Latvia jointly organised a one-day capacity-building session for representatives of trade unions, social partners and civil society organisations dealing with children and rights of disabled persons. Staff of the National Human Rights Institution and Equality Body of Latvia also took part in this event.
The meeting was opened by Ms. Ruta Siliņa, Head of Communication and International Cooperation Division in the Ombudsman Office of Latvia, and Ms. Aoife Nolan, President of the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR).
The ECSR President Ms. Aoife Nolan, the ECSR Vice-President Ms. Tatiana Puiu and the ECSR General Rapporteur Ms. Kristine Dupate introduced to the participants the features of the recent reform of the European Social Charter system and presented in details the substance of Article 4 (The right to a fair remuneration), Article 11 (The right to protection of health) and Article 17 (The right of children and young persons to social, legal and economic protection) of the Charter.
On the margins of the event, the ECSR delegation held a bilateral meeting with Mr. Juris Jansons, Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia, with whom they discussed mutual cooperation. They also explored the possible role of the Ombudsman in advocating that Parliament
to adopt the measures needed for Latvia to take additional commitments under the Charter.