Social protection in the European Social Charter (Social Charter Monographs No. 7)

Author: Council of Europe
Regions: Europe
Year: 2000
Language: English, French

The European Social Charter is the only treaty in European law to apply to all the aspects of social protection which are the core of the European social model. It guarantees the right to social security, the right to social assistance and the right to benefit from social services.

This book explains the content of these provisions and the case law of the European Committee of Social Rights in the light of recent developments in Europe. The study gives further insight into the scope of the Charter’s protection and the fundamental social rights of individuals confronted with various risks, such as illness, old age, poverty, etc.

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Adequate legal and institutional framework and long-term social protection strategies

A human rights-based approach to social protection requires grounding social protection systems in a strong legal and institutional framework. This should ensure both programme stability and the recognition of beneficiaries as rights holders. The need to provide for strong legal frameworks that clearly lay out entitlements, rights and obligations is provided for in Recommendation No. […]

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