The European Social Charter
08 Apr 2021 14:30:00Strasbourg 09/04/2021
SMB Norge v. Norway, Complaint No. 198/2021 The complaint was registered on 26 March 2021. It...
30 Mar 2021 10:24:00Nottingham, United Kingdom 28/04/2021
The University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre, together with the Roma Tre Centro...
29 Mar 2021 18:06:00Strasbourg, France 29/03/2021
Germany today ratified the Council of Europe’s Revised European Social Charter. Since its...
24 Mar 2021 08:59:00
States Parties to the European Social Charter still struggle with problems related to social rights discriminationStrasbourg, France 24/03/2021
The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) today published its Conclusions 2020 in respect of...
18 Mar 2021 17:58:00
Presentation of the conclusions 2020 of the European Committee of Social Rights relating to employment, training and equal opportunitiesStrasbourg, France 18/03/2021
The European Committee of Social Right (ECSR) will present its conclusions and findings for 2020...
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...