“HOW TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF THE COLLECTIVE COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE UNDER THE EUROPEAN SOCIAL CHARTER”
Awareness-raising and training for Non-Governmental Organisations organised by the Council of Europe’s INGOs Conference and Social Platform, with the support of ANESC – Academic Network on the European Social Charter and Social Rights, in the framework of the “Turin Process”
22 September 2015, European Economic and Social Committee, Trèves Building, 7th floor, 74 rue de Trèves, 1040 Brussels
PURPOSE OF THE TRAINING
The purpose of the training is to make sure that European Non-Governmental Organisations are duly informed about the Collective Complaints Procedure and fully aware of their key role in its operation, with a view to a better protection of fundamental social rights at the pan-European level. The training therefore aims at:
1. Improving knowledge of INGOs about the Collective Complaints Procedure and the related normative system of the European Social Charter;
2. Promoting an in depth exchange of views and experiences among INGOs with respect to the procedure, in relation to specific themes, provisions and/or States Parties;
3. Providing technical advice with respect to possible questions from INGOs wishing to make better use of the procedure.
The training is part of the ‘Turin process’ launched by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe at the High-Level Conference on the European Social Charter (Turin, 17-18 October 2014).
The ‘Turin process’ aims at reinforcing the normative system of the Charter within the Council of Europe and in its relationship with the law of the European Union. The objective is to improve the implementation of fundamental social rights throughout Europe, in parallel to the civil and political rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.
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Due to limited space, only one person per European organisation can participate. Please register here by 16 July 2015. State the following information when you register:
1. Name/ Email/ Organisation/ Position
2. If your organisation already fulfils the conditions to lodge complaints or wish to do so in the future. For more information:
- Brochure on the European Social Charter’s Collective Complaints Procedure,
- List of Organisations entitled to submit complaints to the European Committee of Social Rights,
- Instructions for NGOs wishing to enrol as Organisations entitled to lodge complaints.
3. Contact information for one of your national members who you believe has the capacity to assist your organisation in taking on a complaint in the future. We will invite a few selected national NGOs to the training.
4. Session II will take place in the form of two parallel workshops focusing on different themes, and specific provision of the European Social Charter. With this in mind, please indicate topics/situations raising concern at national level and the relevant provision(s) of the Charter.