The European Social Charter
25 Feb 2021 17:28:00Geneva, Switzerland 12/2020
The Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR) of the...
23 Feb 2021 16:06:00Strasbourg, France 23/02/2021
As part of the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova 2017-2020, the...
22 Feb 2021 10:15:00
How can National Human Rights Institutions and Equality Bodies engage with the European Committee of Social RightsStrasbourg, France 22 and 24/02/2021
The Department of the European Social Charter, in collaboration with ENNHRI and Equinet, is...
11 Feb 2021 15:48:00
Civil society organisations are invited to submit additional information to the ECSR on health, social security and social protection by 30 June 2021Strasbourg, France 11/02/2021
The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) invites trade unions, employers’ organisations,...
10 Feb 2021 07:26:00Strasbourg, France 09/02/2021
The High Level Group of Experts on Social Rights, recently appointed by the Secretary General of...
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.
European Committee of Social Rights
The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) has established criteria for equal pay and equal opportunities for women in employment. The ECSR emphasises the need to recognise the right to equal pay in national legislation, the right to an adequate and effective remedy in case of alleged wage...