The full respect of socio-economic rights is an important
precondition for the enjoyment of civil and political rights. Across
Europe, social rights are currently being eroded, resulting in persisting
poverty rates and increasing levels of inequality. There is a clear
need for action, but the implementation of standards and mechanisms
emanating from the Council of Europe and the European Union is not
always sufficiently coherent and efficient.
The Parliamentary Assembly should call on member States to
pursue their efforts initiated under the “Turin Process” at Council
of Europe level and the European Pillar of Social Rights currently
being devised at European Union level. All member States should
ratify the European Social Charter (revised) and the relevant protocols
of the Charter treaty system, and actively participate in upcoming
parliamentary activities with a view to generating a true pan-European
“Parliamentary Dialogue on Social Rights”.
The Assembly should also call on the Committee of Ministers
of the Council of Europe to take a unanimous decision to allow the
Assembly to fulfil its appointed function in the Charter’s monitoring
system under the Turin Protocol. Relevant Council of Europe bodies
should be mandated to ensure appropriate follow-up of the European
Pillar of Social Rights.