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Council of Europe Social Charter and its control agency, the European Committee of Social Rights : outline of an outcome

Jean-Michel Belorgey,
Président de section au Conseil d’Etat de France,
Rapporteur général au Comité européen des droits sociaux

In 1961, the European Social Charter came into force. Fifty years later it attempts to show its scope and influence regarding the activities of the European Committee of Social Rights. Considering various national situations and in spite of political and social evolution of the involved commmunities, the Committee applies the Charter beyond the literal legal meaning. The promises of this treaty, put in exergue by the system of collective petitions, were not all realized. It is now the duty for domestic judges to give a better implementing of the Charter’s rules.