Family and Social Care Policy

In a 14-page letter, an organization of the Council of Europe drew European countries’ attention to the social aspects of managing post-pandemic crises.

European Commission for Social Rights on Covid-19 and Social Rights In her statement In particular, he mentions the areas that have been particularly affected by the crisis. Thus, with regard to employment and labor rights, social security, the right to social and medical assistance, the right to protection from poverty and social exclusion, housing, and the right to education. The declaration also addresses the rights of children, families, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

The Commission calls on member state governments to ensure that measures taken in response to the crisis, including economic and social policy measures, do not lead to direct or indirect discrimination in the exercise of social rights. They believe that investing in the realization of social rights will mitigate the negative effects of the crisis and accelerate social and economic recovery in the wake of the epidemic. They also indicated that the success of the efforts made to address the current crisis depends critically on the participation of the social partners and civil society in the planning, implementation and evaluation of these efforts.

Karen Lucas, President of the European Commission of Social Rights added:

The purpose of the declaration is to provide guidance to state parties, workers ‘and employers’ organizations, civil society and other key stakeholders in interpreting the rights aspects of the Charter and how to apply them in the current crisis.

He added that governments must take all necessary steps to effectively guarantee social rights at a time when their citizens are most in need of protection.

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The European Social Charter The Council of Europe Treaty, signed in Turin on October 18, 1961, which guarantees daily freedoms and basic rights in the areas of housing, health, education, work, legal and social protection, freedom of movement of individuals and non-discrimination. The European Commission of Social Rights is a 15-member body with the power to determine whether the laws and practices of member states are in conformity with the Charter. Where appropriate, trade unions, employers’ organizations and NGOs may also file a complaint if they find that the authorities of the member states are in violation of the provisions of the Charter.

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