The European Social Charter
Strasbourg, France 18/10/2018
The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) had an exchange of views with Michael O’Flaherty,...
Strasbourg, France 17/10/2018
To celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October 2018), the...
Strasbourg, France 15-19/10/2018
The European Committee of Social Rights will convene for its 302nd session from 15 to 19 October...
The Committee of Ministers has adopted the following Resolution on 22 September 2018 at the...
First meeting between the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the European Committee of Social Rights of the Council of EuropeGeneva, Switzerland 08/10/2018
The meeting, to be held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 8 October 2018, is the first...
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...