The European Social Charter
Strasbourg, France 18-20/03/2019
The European Committee of Social Rights will hold its 305th session from 18 to 20 March 2019 in...
The decision on the merits of the complaint Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT) v. France, No. 154/2017, is now publicStrasbourg 15/06/2019
The decision of the European Committee of Social Rights on the merits of the complaint...
Strasbourg, France 27/02/2019
On the occasion of the World NGO day, 27 February, and in view of the preparation of the Council...
Syndicat CGT YTO France v. France, Complaint No. 174/2019 The complaint was registered on 30...
Social rights and social justice are essential in building and nurturing genuine and substantive democracy in everyday life, says ECSR President Palmisano before the GR-SOCStrasbourg, France 17/01/2019
“Protecting and fostering social rights and the welfare state are indeed essential for...
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.
Study on the European Pillar of Social Rights and the role of the European Social Charter in the European Union legal order
The study, conducted by Olivier de Schutter, Professor at UCLouvain and SciencesPo and Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, was initiated following the request of the CoE-FRA-ENNHRI-Equinet Platform on Economic and Social Rights and it was presented at the last...