The European Social Charter
17 Jun 2022 18:36:00Strasbourg, France 17/06/2022
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, at the 1437th meeting of the Ministers’...
13 Jun 2022 11:14:00
Advancing the implementation of socio-economic rights by making better use of the monitoring procedures of the European Social CharterStrasbourg, France 14/06/2022
The Social Rights Department organised, together with the Council of Europe Conference of INGOs a...
30 May 2022 09:28:00
144th meeting of the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social SecurityStrasbourg 30/05-03/06/2022
The Governmental Committee* of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social...
25 May 2022 15:30:00Strasbourg 25/05/2022
The European Committee of Social Rights adopted during its 327th session (16-20 May 2022): The...
20 May 2022 15:15:00Turin, Italy 20/05/2022
Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Council of Europe’s 46 member states held their annual session...
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 Social Charter celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2021. It was opened for signature in Turin on 18 October 1961. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the opening for signature of the revised European Social Charter. On this occasion, the Council of Europe will hold a...
ECSR Conclusions 2021
The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) today published its conclusions 2021 in respect of 33 States* on the articles of the Charter relating to the thematic group “Health, social security and social protection”. Germany and Iceland submitted their reports too late and therefore the...