The European Social Charter
Strasbourg, France 2-5/12/2019
The European Committee of Social Rights holds its 310th session from 2 to 5 December 2019 in...
Justiciability of social and economic rights in Europe: the role of international and national judicial and quasi-judicial bodies, National Human Rights Institutions and National Equality BodiesStrasbourg, France 28/11/2019
The 9th meeting of the CoE-FRA-ENNHRI-EQUINET Collaborative Platform on Social and Economic...
The decision on the merits of the complaint Unione Generale Lavoratori - Federazione Nazionale Corpo forestale dello Stato (UGL–CFS) and Sindacato autonomo polizia ambientale forestale (SAPAF) v. Italy, No. 143/2017, is now publicStrasbourg 26/11/2019
The decision of the European Committee of Social Rights on the merits of the complaint Unione...
Belgrade, Serbia 22/11/2019
The meeting is organised by the Department of the European Social Charter of the Council of...
Strasbourg, France 15/11/2019
How to involve parliaments in actions that aim to protect children in Europe from poverty? How to...
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.
The report, that was presented at the International Conference on Children’s Rights on 13 November, focuses on the role of children’s rights in addressing child poverty in the Council of Europe. The author, Aoife Nolan, member of the European Committee of Social Rights and Professor of...