Reinforcing social rights in Europe

PACE has called today on member States to support, through their governments and parliaments, debates and co-operation launched under the “Turin process”. In a resolution adopted on the basis of a report by Sílvia Eloïsa Bonet (Andorra, SOC), the Assembly called on the member States which have not yet done so, to ratify the European Social Charter (revised) so as to improve levels of compliance with this social rights standard. It considers that this instrument is not used to its full potential.

During the debate, the parliamentarians pointed to the overall trend towards a downgrading of social rights in the Council of Europe member States and the rising inequality gap between the rich and the poor in terms of income and wealth.

The adopted text also recommends strengthening the pan-European dialogue on social rights and the co-ordination of legal and political action with other European institutions, in particular the EU and its bodies.