963rd meeting – 3 May 2006

Item 4.2

European Social Charter – Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter –
New system for the presentation of reports on the application of the European Social Charter –
Proposal of the Governmental Committee
(CM(2006)53)

Decision

The Deputies, having observed that there is unanimous agreement of the States Parties to the Charter and the revised Charter, adopted the new system of presentation of reports under the European Social Charter which is as follows:

    1. States shall present a report annually on a part of the provisions of the Charter (whether it be the 1961 Charter or the 1996 revised Charter), the provisions having been divided into four thematic groups. In this way, each provision of the Charter will be reported on once every four years. The four groups of provisions shall be composed as follows:

Group 1

Employment, training and equal opportunities

- Article 1
- Article 9
- Article 10
- Article 15
- Article 18
- Article 20
- Article 24
- Article 25

Group 2

Health, social security and social protection

- Article 3
- Article 11
- Article 12
- Article 13
- Article 14
- Article 23
- Article 30

Group 3

Labour rights

- Article 2
- Article 4
- Article 5
- Article 6
- Article 21
- Article 22
- Article 26
- Article 28
- Article 29

Group 4

Children, families, migrants

- Article 7
- Article 8
- Article 16
- Article 17
- Article 19
- Article 27
- Article 31

      2. The reports shall be presented on 31 October of each year. The European Committee of Social Rights shall be invited to publish its conclusions before the end of the following year.

      3. The system enters into force as from 2007.1

4. There will no longer be full reports for states having recently ratified the 1961 Social Charter and there will no longer be reports on all the non-hard core provisions for states having recently ratified the 1996 revised Social Charter.

Note 1 The last report under the present system was due by 31 March 2006.


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