On 29 and 30 June 2017, the Conference of the International NGOs at the Council of Europe and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted both statements to support the strengthening of Social Rights in Europe. PACE adopted a resolution on “The ‘Turin process’: reinforcing social rights in Europe”.

The so-called “Turin process” was launched by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in 2014 and aims at strengthening fundamental rights in Europe, especially the better implementation of the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe into European Union law.

In its latest resolution, PACE now states that “social rights are fundamental human rights” which should be granted to all citizens. The parliamentarians are concerned about the lack of compliance with social rights standards as outlined in the European Social Charter in different European states, but also in EU legislation. Unfortunately no Irish TDs participated to the Vote.

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PACE parliamentarians and International NGOs (see communiqué below) call upon EU policy and law makers to incorporate the European Social Charter into the European Pillar of Social Rights to improve common bench-marking and coordination of social rights within Europe. With regards to complaint mechanisms, the resolution calls for a strengthening of the collective complaints mechanism linked to the European Social Charter.

Thanks to participatory status at the Council of Europe, many INGOs are able to launch complaints at the European Committee of Social Rights in cases of possible non-compliance with the European Social Charter. Currently a complaint submitted by FIDH is focusing on housing conditions in Council Estates in Ireland.