The European Social Charter
Strasbourg, France 19/09/2019
The Department of the European Social Charter organises, under the auspices of the French...
Strasbourg, France 11/09/2019
In 2018, the European Committee of Social Rights examined 35 national reports presented presented...
Strasbourg, France 9-13/09/2019
The European Committee of Social Rights will hold its 308th session from 9 to 13 September 2019...
European Roma Rights Centre v. Belgium, Complaint No. 185/2019 The complaint was registered on...
The European Committee of Social Rights adopted during its 307th session (1-5 July 2019): The...
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.
“Increased inequality is a major challenge for Europe and social rights’ protection across the Continent should be a top priority. I call on our member states for more commitment to the Social Charter”, highlighted Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, on the 20th anniversary of the Revised Social...