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Seminar on the collective complaints procedure under the European Social Charter

Belgrade, Serbia 25/10/2016
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Seminar on the collective complaints procedure under the European Social Charter

The Department of the European Social Charter organises, in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of Serbia, a seminar on the Collective complaints procedure for representatives of different Serbian institutions working on social rights.

The objective of the meeting is to present the Collective complaints procedure as a democratic tool towards a sustainable social and economic development in the Council of Europe member States, as well as to exchange on the role of the complainant organisations.

The European Committee of Social Rights will be represented by François Vandamme, member of the Committee; the European Social Charter Department by Riccardo Priore, Coordinator of the Turin Process and Sheila Hirschinger, European Code of Social Security.


THE CHARTER AT A GLANCE THE CHARTER AT A GLANCE

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.

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