50th anniversary of the European Social Charter, 18 October 2011
Strasbourg - The European Social Charter, which guarantees social and economic human rights, was adopted in 1961 and revised in 1996. We celebrate the 50th anniversary of this important Council of Europe treaty on 18 October 2011.
The European Social Charter sets out rights and freedoms and establishes a supervisory mechanism guaranteeing their respect by the States Parties. The Charter guarantees rights and freedoms which concern all individuals in their daily existence. The basic rights set out in the Charter are as follows: housing, health, education, employment, social and legal protection, movement of persons and non discrimination.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter, the Committee of Ministers adopted a declaration.
A total of 43 States have ratified the Charter (either the 1961 Charter or revised version) and are listed as follows:
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Macedonia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Slovenia ratified the European Social Charter (revised) in 1999.
The 50th anniversary of the Charter is marked by the Council of Europe in different ways during the course of the year. More information here.