The European Social Charter
22 Oct 2021 16:44:00
New guide: How can National Human Rights Institutions and National Equality Bodies engage with the European Committee of Social RightsStrasbourg, France 22/10/2021
The European Social Charter has just published a new guide for National Human Rights Institutions...
22 Oct 2021 10:49:00Strasbourg, France 22/10/2021
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the European Social Charter, Barbara Kresal, Associate...
18 Oct 2021 13:50:00Strasbourg, France 18/10/2021
Adopted on 13 October 2021 at the Ministers’ Deputies’ 1414th meeting Sixty years ago – to the...
16 Oct 2021 21:22:00Strasbourg, France 17/10/2021
On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October, Eliane Chemla,...
16 Oct 2021 16:11:00Strasbourg, France 18-22/10/2021
The 323rd session (in hybrid format) of the European Committee of Social Rights began with a High...
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...
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...