316th session of the European Committee of Social Rights

19-23/10/2020 Strasbourg, France

Due to the worrying situation in Europe related to the COVID-19, the European Committee of Social Rights will entirely hold its 316th session by remote participation from 19 to 23 October 2020. The Committee will continue the examination of the national reports for conclusions 2020 of the revised...

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Children in the crosshairs of poverty

16/10/2020 Strasbourg, France

Poverty is one the most serious human rights issue facing children today. The significant numbers of children directly experiencing poverty is very high and is growing. According to UNICEF, about one in three children across the world – roughly 663 million – live in households that are...

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Access to social and medico-social services for ALL: a springboard out of poverty

16/10/2020 Strasbourg, France

Living in a situation of poverty and social exclusion violates the dignity of human beings. Living at risk of falling into poverty and exclusion is damaging for the person, not only as regards dignity, but it also entails suffering, loss in cognitive function and social abilities. Risk of poverty...

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The role of the State in securing social and economic rights is crucial, especially in times of crisis

07/10/2020 Strasbourg, France

“The role of the State in securing social and economic rights across Europe, … emerges from the provisions of the European Social Charter, as well as from the conclusions, decisions and findings of the European Committee of Social Rights”, pointed out Giuseppe Palmisano, President of the...

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The Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social Security meets by videoconference

5-8/10/2020 Strasbourg, France

The Governmental Committee* of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social Security (‘Governmental Committee’) holds its 141st meeting from 5 to 8 September 2020 by videoconference. The Governmental Committee will examine the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conclusions...

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The 2019 Activity Report of the European Committee of Social Rights is available

05/10/2020 Strasbourg, France

The report provides information about the work of the European Committee of Social Rights carried out in 2019 under the European Social Charter’s monitoring mechanisms: the reporting procedure and the collective complaints procedure, as well as under the procedure on non-accepted provisions of...

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Giuseppe Palmisano at the conference “Strengthening Older People’s Rights in Times of Digitalisation – Lessons learned from COVID-19”

29/09/2020 Strasbourg, France

“The pandemic had devastating effects on older persons, first of all in terms of their right to health, with consequences in many cases on their right to life, and on their dignity”, reminded Giuseppe Palmisano, President of the European Committee of Social Rights, during the online international...

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5th meeting of the European Social Cohesion Platform

24-25/09/2020 Strasbourg

The European Social Cohesion Platform (PECS) will meet for the 5th time on 24-25 September 2020 via videoconference. The 5th PECS meeting which was initially planned for April 2020 was postponed due to the Cvid-19 pandemic. During the meeting, the Platform will discuss and approve the workplan...

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Decisions adopted by the European Committee of Social rights at its 315th session

18/09/2020 Strasbourg

The European Committee of Social Rights adopted during its 315th session (7-11 September 2020): The decision on admissibility in Validity Foundation – Mental Disability Advocacy Centre (MDAC) v. Czech Republic, Complaint No. 188/2019. The complaint was registered on 5 December 2019. It concerns...

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Secretary General: member states must work together to learn COVID-19 health crisis lessons

17/09/2020 Strasbourg, France

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has called for increased multilateral cooperation among the organisation’s member states to draw lessons from the pandemic crisis and enhance preparedness for addressing health concerns on the basis of common principles and best...

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