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The European Social Charter

THE CHARTER AT A GLANCE THE CHARTER AT A GLANCE

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.

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The European Committee of Social Rights’ Conclusions 2018

Protection of workers’ rights in Europe: shortcomings found, but also positive developments in certain areas

25/03/2019 Brussels, Belgium

The European Committee of Social Rights today published its Conclusions 2018 in respect of 35 States* on the articles of the European Social Charter relating to labour rights. The Committee adopted 580 conclusions including 206 situations of non-conformity and 276 of conformity with the...

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