The Italian Chamber of Deputies, the City of Turin and the Council of Europe organised an Interparliamentary Conference of the 47 Council of Europe member States on the European Social Charter in Turin on 17 March 2016.
The Interparliamentary Conference provided an eminent setting for the competent parliamentary representatives to discuss the question of the implementation of these fundamental rights guaranteed by the European Social Charter at national level in the current international context. The processes of ratifying the revised version of this treaty and the protocol on the collective complaints procedure, consideration of the Charter’s provisions in the context of the national legislative process, and also the results of the monitoring activities of the European Committee of Social Rights, formed the main focus of the Conference. The topic of social policies in a ‘post-crisis’ environment, taking account of the challenges linked with globalisation and the need to promote more cohesive and inclusive societies in Europe, underpinned by fundamental rights, democratic security and rule of law was also on the agenda of the Conference.
Following the Interparliamentary Conference, a public Forum on the theme of social rights in Europe was held in Turin on 18 March. The Forum represented an opportunity to take stock of the implementation of social rights in Europe, having regard to the main challenges in the present international context and to the risks to democratic security of societies in which these fundamental rights are not fully guaranteed.