Deputies / Rapporteur Groups
Rapporteur Group on human rights
European Social Charter –
European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) –
Procedure for the election of a member
Item to be prepared by the GR-H at its meeting of 14 April
1. The Deputies will be invited to decide on the procedure
regarding the election of a member of the European Committee of Social Rights to
replace Ms Annalisa CIAMPI (Italian) who resigned from the Committee on 6 March
2. A copy of a letter from the President of the European
Committee of Social Rights, Ms Polonca KONČAR, informing the Secretary General
of the resignation of Ms CIAMPI, appears at Appendix I.
3. The list of the members of the Committee, in order of
precedence and indicating the date of the end of their term of office, appears
at Appendix II.
4. It is recalled that Ms CIAMPI’s term of office would
have ended on 31 December 2010 and therefore the term of office of the new
member elected will also end on this date, in application of Article 25,
paragraph 4, of the Charter.
5. The procedure could be similar to the one used for
previous elections (see draft decisions).
6. In accordance with the wish expressed by GR-H during
previous elections, the following information is provided concerning the ECSR
members’ obligations and the current composition of the Committee. In this
respect the attention of the Deputies is also drawn to Appendix I where
reference is made to the view of the European Committee of Social Rights that in
electing new members, particular weight should be given to candidates who have a
legal background and judicial experience and relevant human rights experience in
particular in the field of economic and social rights. The desirability of
achieving a better gender balance is also recalled.
It is recalled that the European Committee of Social
- examines reports submitted by States Parties to the
Charter (either the 1961 Charter or the 1996 Revised Charter) and makes a legal
assessment of the conformity of national situations with the Charter;
- examines collective complaints lodged under the 1995
Protocol, decides on admissibility and examines the merits.
According to Article 25 of the Charter as amended by the
Turin Protocol, the Committee members must be “of the highest integrity and of
recognised competence in national and international social questions”.
In application of Rule 5 of the Committee’s Rules:
“Before taking up duties, each member of the Committee
shall, at the first meeting of the Committee at which the member is present
after election, make the following declaration:
‘I solemnly declare that I will exercise my functions as a
member of this Committee with the requirements of independence, impartiality and
availability inherent in my office and that I will keep secret the Committee’s
- 7 sessions per year each lasting 5 days
- Meetings held in states concerning non-accepted provisions
- Missions to states preparing for ratification
- Information meetings on the Charter
- Travel expenses covered by the Council of Europe
- Per diem: €323 per session day
- Allowance for work at home: €147 per day
ECSR members’ professions2
- 13 university professors of which: 7 in labour law; 4 in
public law – human rights law; 2 in social sciences
- 1 judge; 1 former judge
6 women and 8 men (after the resignation of Ms CIAMPI).
10…th meeting – … 2009
European Social Charter – European Committee of Social
Procedure for the election of a member
1. adopted the following procedure for filling the seat on
the European Committee of Social Rights, which fell vacant on 6 March 2009
following the resignation of Ms Annalisa CIAMPI (Italian), for a term of office
ending on 31 December 2010:
a. each State Party to the European Social Charter or
Revised European Social Charter belonging to Group IV may submit to the
Secretary General of the Council of Europe, by 29 May 2009 at the latest,
the name of a candidate it deems suitable for the vacant seat in this group,
having regard to Article 25 of the Charter as it appears in Article 3 of the
Protocol amending the European Social Charter and to the agreed rules
and taking into account Recommendation No. R (81) 6 of the Committee of
Ministers adopted on 30 April 1981;4
b. the Secretary General will then forward the list of
nominations to the Committee of Ministers, which will hold an election by
secret ballot as soon as possible;
c. the candidate obtaining an absolute majority of the
votes cast and the highest number of votes will be declared elected;
d. if the seat remains unfilled after the first
ballot, there will be a second round of voting in which the candidate
obtaining the highest number of votes will be declared elected;
2. agreed, for the purposes of this election, to allocate
the 47 member states as follows:5
Group I (three seats): no seats vacant
Armenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany,
Hungary, Liechtenstein, Slovakia and Switzerland.
Group II (three seats): no seats vacant
Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, France,
Luxembourg, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Romania and
Group III (three seats): no seats vacant
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden
and United Kingdom
Group IV (three seats): one seat vacant
Albania, Andorra, Cyprus, Georgia,
Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, San Marino and Spain.
Group V (three seats): no seats vacant
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia,
“the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Latvia, Lithuania,
Montenegro, Poland, Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine and
EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF SOCIAL RIGHTS
COMITE EUROPEEN DES DROITS SOCIAUX
The President / Le Président
Strasbourg, 16 March 2009
Dear Secretary General,
In accordance with Rule 7§2 of the Committee’s Rules of
Procedure, I am writing to inform you that Ms Annalisa Ciampi has resigned from
the European Committee of Social Rights. Her resignation took effect on 6 March
I would be grateful if you could inform the Ministers’
Deputies and invite them to start the electoral process in order to fill the
vacant seat within the Committee.
Candidates presented by States Parties to the Charter
should fulfil the conditions set out in Article 25 of the European Social
Charter as amended by the Turin Protocol6
as well as in Rule 3§17
of the Committee’s Rules.
The Committee wishes to draw the Deputies’ attention to
the view of the Committee that, in electing new members, particular weight
should be given to candidates who have a legal background and judicial
experience, with relevant human rights experience in particular in the field of
economic and social rights. The Committee wishes to highlight the importance of
this in view of the collective complaints procedure.
Further, the Committee wishes to recall that after the
resignation of Ms Ciampi the Committee is composed of 6 women and 8 men.
List of members
(in order of precedence8)
Term of office
Ms Polonca KONČAR, President (Slovenian) 31/12/2010
Mr. Andrzej SWIATKOWSKI, Vice-President (Polish)
Mr Colm O’CINNEIDE, Vice-President (Irish) 31/12/2010
Mr. Jean-Michel BELORGEY, General Rapporteur (French)
Ms Csilla KOLLONAY LEHOCZKY (Hungarian) 31/12/2012
Mr Lauri LEPPIK (Estonian) 31/12/2010
Ms Monika SCHLACHTER (German) 31/12/2012
Ms Birgitta NYSTRÖM (Swedish) 31/12/2012
Mrs Lyudmila HARUTYUNYAN (Armenian) 31/12/2010
Mr Rüchan IŞIK (Turkish) 31/12/2014
Mr Petros STANGOS (Greek) 31/12/2014
Mr Alexandru ATHANASIU (Romanian) 31/12/2014
Mr Luis JIMENA QUESADA (Spanish) 31/12/2014
Ms Jarna PETMAN (Finnish) 31/12/2014
This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue; it will
be declassified in accordance with Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of
Certain Committee members carry out several duties.
The Committee may consist of no more
than one member of any particular nationality.
The Recommendation covers the participation of men and women in an equitable
proportion in committees and other bodies set up in the Council of Europe. After
the resignation of Ms CIAMPI, the Committee comprises 8 men and 6 women.
5 States that have ratified the
Charter or Revised Charter are shown in bold type in the text.
“Experts of the highest integrity and of recognised competence in national
and international social questions”.
“Requirements of independence, impartiality and availability”.
In accordance with Rule 5 of the Committee’s Rules.