The European Social Charter
Kyiv, Ukraine 4-7/12/2018
The European Social Charter Secretariat together with national and international experts carried...
Strasbourg, France 05/12/2018
A debate on the European Social Charter to mark the end of mandate of certain members of the...
Strasbourg, France 3-7/12/2018
The European Committee of Social Rights will convene for its 303rd session from 3 to 7 December...
Strasbourg, France 28/11/2018
The 7th meeting of the CoE-FRA-ENNHRI-EQUINET Collaborative Platform on Social and Economic...
The decision on the merits of the complaint Confédération Générale du Travail Force Ouvrière (FO) v. France, No. 118/2015, is now publicStrasbourg 26/11/2018
The decision of the European Committee of Social Rights on the merits of the complaint...
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.
Following the publication of the 2017 Conclusions of the European Committee of Social Rights, the President of the Committee Giuseppe Palmisano gave an interview for the Council of Europe Human Rights channel. In 2017, the European Committee of Social Rights examined the situation in 33 States...