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States must do more to uphold social rights, says committee

Member States need to do more to support the European Social Charter – the Council of Europe’s unique mechanism for extending social rights – and ensuring that it is better integrated with similar initiatives in other European bodies, PACE’s Social Affairs Committee has said.

Approving a draft report by Silvia Eloisa Bonet (Andorra, SOC) today in Baku, the committee said there was an “overall trend towards downgrading social rights”, which was a matter for concern.

It called on states which have not yet done so to sign or ratify the revised European Social Charter and key protocols, and to work towards a pan-European “strategy for social rights”.