The Department
Social Cohesion Development
Social Security
Access to Social Rights
Social Policy for Families and Children

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Social protection
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Access to Social Rights


Access to Social Protection
The promotion of effective access to social protection, in particular for persons who have difficulties in claiming their rights, is an essential element of the social cohesion strategy of the Council of Europe.

The Council of Europe developed a number of recommendations to improve access to social protection, based on the best practices of many European countries.

The recommendations and reports have been elaborated by a Group of specialists on access to social protection, which brought together national experts from several member and observer states of the Council of Europe, researchers in the social field and representatives of non governmental and other organisations.

The work of this group also helped Peter Melvyn, a researcher at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy (Vienna, Austria) to draft a report on "Obstacles to access to social protection in Europe".

Related documents
Report on obstacles to access to Social Protection in Europe - Report II (revised)
Report on obstacles to access to Social Protection in Europe
Guidelines for improving access to social protection and explanatory memorandum (also available in DE - IT - RU - PT - SLO)