The European Social Charter
22 May 2020 10:45:00Strasbourg, France 20/05/2020
From May to November 2020, Greece is assuming the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of...
06 May 2020 16:50:00Strasbourg, France 06/07/2020
The European Committee of Social Rights will hold its 312th session on 11, 13 and 14 May 2020 by...
22 Apr 2020 08:44:00
European Committee of Social Rights statement on the right to protection of health in times of pandemic crisisStrasbourg, France 22/04/2020
In a statement of interpretation issued today on the right to protection of health (Article 11 of...
14 Apr 2020 16:07:00Strasbourg, France 08/04/2020
The European Committee of Social Rights pursues its work despite isolation, social distancing and...
06 Apr 2020 16:57:00
Improving the implementation of social rights in Europe – the place of reporting in the monitoring procedures under the European Social CharterStrasbourg, France 06/04/2020
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe gave a mandate to the Steering Committee 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.
Social rights of children, families and migrants in danger across Europe: latest annual conclusions from the European Committee of Social Rights
Social rights of children, families and migrants are in danger in Europe, according to the latest annual conclusions from the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR). The Committee today published 896 conclusions (289 cases of non-conformity, 453 cases of conformity and 154 “deferrals”: cases...