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Social Charter

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 above mentioned rights be guaranteed without discrimination.

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Giuseppe Palmisano on respect for workers' rights in Europe
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European Committee of Social Rights publishes annual conclusions
25 March 2019
Council of Europe Strasbourg
The Social Charter: Europe's Social Constitution
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Reinforcing the Charter through the Turin Process
14 July 2017
Filmmaster Productions Milan
A place to live - the search for civilised accommodation in Paris
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The Social Charter is a fundamental legal basis for Europewide standard setting
14 October 2011
Council of Europe Strasbourg
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