Stressing the urgent need to protect social rights, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe:

– Urges the European Union and its Member States to translate their political commitment to protect social rights  into concrete actions, reaffirming the indivisible, interdependent and inseparable nature of all human rights;

– To  this  end, calls on  the  European  Union  and  its  Member  States  to  accede  to  the Revised  European  Social  Charter  as  the  social  constitution  of  Europe,  detailing  a roadmap to promote the effective guarantee of social rights for all;

– Calls on the Member States to develop national strategies aimed at eradicating poverty and ensuring equal opportunities for all, especially for the most deprived;

– Invites the European Union and its Member States to monitor the implementation of the principles enshrined in the European Pillar of Social Rights in close consultation with representatives of civil society;

– Undertakes, in particular through its Coordinating Committee for the Turin Process for the European Social   Charter,   to ensure the regular monitoring of the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights in view of the European Social Charter.


During its winter session the INGOs Conference of the Council of Europes has unanimously adopted the following recommandation :


After two years of preparation, the European Pillar of Social Rights was adopted by the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission on 17 November 2017. Concerned by the fact that this text is a political document, unaccompanied of a clear implementation plan, the Conference of INGOs adopted the following recommendation at the plenary session of 24 January 2018.

CONF/PLE(2018)REC1: Recommendation relating to the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights