Social security provisions in the Constitution of Germany

Country: Germany
Year: 2012

Relevant articles:

  • Article 6 – Marriage – Family – Children

(1) Marriage and the family shall enjoy the special protection of the state.

(2) The care and upbringing of children is the natural right of parents and a duty primarily incumbent upon them. The state shall watch over them in the performance of this duty.

(4) Every mother shall be entitled to the protection and care of the community.

 VII – Federal legislation and legislative procedures

  • Article 74 – Matters under concurrent legislative powers

(1) Concurrent legislative power shall extend to the following matters:

7. public welfare (except for the law on social care homes);

12. labour law, including the organisation of enterprises, occupational health and safety, and employment agencies, as well as social security, including unemployment


Link to compendium “The right to Social Security in European Constitutions: Compendium of provisions of European Constitutions related to the right to social security”

Link to German constitution (English and German)

Link to national study

Social Protection and Human Rights