The European Social Charter
18 Sep 2020 09:46:00Strasbourg 18/09/2020
The European Committee of Social Rights adopted during its 315th session (7-11 September 2020):...
17 Sep 2020 15:11:00Strasbourg, France 17/09/2020
Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has called for increased multilateral...
16 Sep 2020 11:23:00
The President of the European Committee of Social Rights speaks at the first North-South Centre #Solidaction Campaign WebinarStrasbourg, France 16/09/2020
The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe is organising the first #SOLIDACTION Campaign...
10 Sep 2020 14:29:00
The needs assessment in the area of social rights protection in the Republic of Moldova was launchedStrasbourg, France 10/09/2020
On 19 August 2020, the first expert discussion with representatives of several relevant national...
07 Sep 2020 08:55:00Strasbourg, France 7-11/09/2020
In view of the deteriorating situation concerning COVID-19, the European Committee of Social...
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 European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) has adopted 15 decisions (see links below) on state compliance with the right to equal pay, as well as the right to equal opportunities in the workplace, following complaints which were lodged within the framework of the collective complaints...