25th anniversary of the collective complaints procedure under the European Social Charter

The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) monitors compliance with the Charter under two separate procedures:

The collective complaints procedure was introduced by the Additional Protocol providing for a system of collective complaints adopted in 1995 and which entered into force in 1998.


Strasbourg, July 3.– On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Additional Protocol to the European Social Charter Providing for a System of Collective Complaints (ETS No. 158) in 1998, the Department of Social Rights will host an event to discuss effective social rights protection in the European space on 6 July, at Strasbourg and online (2-6 pm).

The event will provide space for a diverse range of leading stakeholders (governments, social partners, civil society, academia, and other national and international bodies) to share their experiences, challenges, and good practices in using the collective complaints procedure to signal situations of possible non-implementation of the Charter in the countries concerned.

Opening remarks will be made by Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge, President of the Parliamentary Assembly Tiny Kox (tbc), Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović among other high level participants.

The event will be streamed live (in English and French) on the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) website and via the Council of Europe Facebook account.

Contact: Dušan Vojnović, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 99

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