In 2018, the European Committee of Social Rights examined 35 national reports presented presented by States Parties to the Charter describing how they implement the Charter in law and in practice as regards the provisions covered by the thematic group 3 “Labour rights”. The Committee adopted a total of 580 conclusions including 206 situations of non-conformity and 276 of conformity with the provisions of the Charter. In 98 cases the Committee was unable to assess the situation due to lack of information and postponed its conclusion.
As to the collective complaints procedure, 15 new complaints were lodged in 2018. The Committee adopted 9 decisions on the merits and 14 on admissibility including 1 inadmissibility decision. Decisions on the merits related for example to the right of children with intellectual and mental disabilities to mainstream education and training in Belgium; the right of foreign unaccompanied minors to accommodation and care in France; the right of transgender persons to protection of health in the Czech Republic; the right of armed forces representative associations in Ireland to have full trade unions rights.
In addition, the Committee held several meetings and exchanges with other institutions and bodies, such as the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Last, but not least, the Bureau of the Committee held an exchange of views with the Government Agents in the framework of the collective complaints procedure.
- Activity Report 2018 of the European Committee of Social Rights
* The European Committee of Social Rights conducts its supervision through two distinct but complementary procedures: the reporting procedure, in which it examines written reports submitted by States Parties at regular intervals, and the collective complaints procedure, which allows certain national and international organisations to lodge complaints against States Parties that have agreed to be bound by this procedure.