The decision of the European Committee of Social Rights on the merits of the complaint European Roma Rights Centre v. Bulgaria (No. 151/2017) became public on 19 April 2019.
In its complaint, ERRC alleged that the situation in Bulgaria is in violation of Articles 11§§1 and 2 (right to health), 13§§1 and 2 (right to social and medical assistance), as well as Article E (non-discrimination) of the Revised European Social Charter in conjunction with each of these articles, on the ground that Bulgaria has not taken sufficient action to end racially segregated maternity wards, resulting in inferior and abusive treatment of Roma women in maternity care, as well as the disparate impact of lack of health insurance on Roma women.
The European Committee of Social Rights adopted its decision on the merits on 5 December 2018.
In its decision on the merits, the Committee concluded:
- Unanimously, that concerning the access to health insurance and health care for Roma women in respect of maternity, that there is a violation of Article E in conjunction with Article 11§1 of the Charter.
- Unanimously, that concerning the segregation in maternity wards, that there is no violation of Article E in conjunction with Article 11§1 of the Charter.