The first meeting of the platform was organised on 15 October 2015 in Strasbourg by the Council of Europe (CoE). The meeting had a strong focus on the European Social Charter and its collective complaints mechanism, ensuring its greater use and better implementation. The context of the economic crisis and the need to secure economic and social (ECOSOC) rights in times of austerity were discussed, as a follow up to the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights’ paperon the same subject.
The Platform had its second meeting in Strasbourg on 28 January 2016, hosted by the Council of Europe. Several national equality bodies and human rights institutions attended, confirming commitment to advancing social and economic rights in Europe today. Equinet presented its newest perspective, detailing the experience of national equality bodies in protecting, respecting and fulfilling social and economic rights (see below for more details). Improving prevention of violations (monitoring and impact assessments), as well as effective justiciability once violations have taken place, were debated. The partners committed to increase information exchange and explore the possibility of common capacity building, as well as promoting greater visibility for the need to respect social and economic rights in an era when such rights are under increased pressure
Equinet has produced a Perspective entitled Equality Bodies contributing to the protection, respect and fulfillment of Economic and Social Rights which aims to:
It is based on a round table debate facilitated within the Policy Formation Working Group of Equinet, the presentation of good practice exemplars by equality bodies on their work in contributing to economic and social rights, and a survey of Equinet members with responses from twenty equality bodies.
This perspective is a contribution to the work of Equinet within the platform for economic and social rights.
Coordinator: Council of Europe
Equinet Contact: Katrine Steinfeld (firstname.lastname@example.org)