The Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and European Code of Social Security, composed of representatives of the States party to the Charter and assisted by observers representing European employers’ organisations and trade unions (European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Business Europe (ex UNICE) and International Organisation of Employers (IOE), considers conclusions of non-conformity adopted by the European Committee of Social Rights in the months following their publication.

The State concerned must be in a position to set out the measures which it has taken or which it is contemplating taking in order to remedy the situation and, in the latter case, has to provide a timetable for achieving compliance.

In the event that the Governmental Committee considers that it is not envisaged to remedy a violation and take action on a decision of non-compliance, it may propose that the Committee of Ministers address a Recommendation to the State concerned. A recommendation calls on the State concerned to take appropriate measures to remedy the situation. Every year, the Governmental Committee presents a report to the Committee of Ministers.

Since 2001 this report has been submitted in an abridged version. Since 2002, the Governmental Committee has presented a report concerning the European Social Charter (revised) in addition to its report concerning the European Social Charter. Detailed reports are available below.

 Bureau membership

Bureau members, elected for a 2-year period 2022-2023

  • Chairman: Joseph FABER (Luxembourg)
  • Vice Chairman: Aongus HORGAN (Ireland)
  • Member : Julie GOMIS (France)
  • Member: Velga LAZDINA-ZAKA (Latvia)
  • Member: Yvette KALDEN (The Netherlands)

 Calendar of Meetings

Meetings in 2022

  • 145th meeting of the GC, 21-25 November 2022
  • 144th meeting of the GC, 30 May-3 June 2022

Meetings held in 2021

  • 143rd meeting of the GC, 13-17 December 2021
  • 142nd meeting of the GC, 10-12 May 2021
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Department of Social Rights

Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law
Council of Europe
1, quai Jacoutot
F – 67075 Strasbourg Cedex

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