The European Social Charter
Two reports of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe mention the European Social CharterStrasbourg, France 18/10/2017
Both reports call for a Fourth Summit of Council of Europe Heads of State and Government, which...
Giuseppe Palmisano addressed the participants at the 30th International Day to Combat Extreme PovertyStrasbourg, France 17/10/2017
“Today we have laws against dire poverty, we have the European Social Charter, we have the...
Strasbourg, France 12/10/2017
The European Committee of Social Rights will convene for its 295th session from 16 to 20 October...
The European Committee of Social Rights adopted during its 294th session (11-15 September 2017):...
Strasbourg, France 29/09/2017
The Administrative Council of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) approved on 29...
The European Social Charter is a Council of Europe treaty that guarantees fundamental social and economic rights as a counterpart to the European Convention on Human Rights, which refers to civil and political rights. It guarantees a broad range of everyday human rights related to employment, housing, health, education, social protection and welfare.
The Charter lays specific emphasis on the protection of vulnerable persons such as elderly people, children, people with disabilities and migrants. It requires that enjoyment of the abovementioned rights be guaranteed without discrimination.
No other legal instrument at pan-European level can provide such an extensive and complete protection of social rights as that provided by the Charter, which also serves as a point of reference in European Union law; most of the social rights in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights are based on the relevant articles of the Charter.
The Charter is therefore seen as the Social Constitution of Europe and represents an essential component of the continent’s human rights architecture.
The 7th edition of the Collected texts provides an updated account of all of the relevant instruments of the Charter, and the functioning of the various bodies which participate in the monitoring procedures.
On the occasion of its 27th Session (Strasbourg, 26-30 June 2017), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe examined a Report on “The Turin process: reinforcing social rights in Europe”. The report was presented on 30 June by Ms Sílvia Eloïsa Bonet (Andorra), Rapporteur. On the basis...