The cooperation platform has been working since its launch on 15 October 2015 in Strasbourg, bringing equality bodies and human rights institutions together with experts from the Council of Europe and the Fundamental Rights Agency in the field of social and economic rights. The platform was launched in the wake of the financial crisis and seeks to set the spotlight on the severe pressure on social and economic rights.
In its work, the platform seeks to strengthen the monitoring functions and capacities of equality bodies and human rights institutions, as well as build capacity on their use of the European Social Charter and other Council of Europe instruments. The platform promotes information exchange and seeks to keep members up to date on recent developments, as well as promote debate on new knowledge and research generated in the field.
The platform feeds into the Turin process whereby the Council of Europe and European Union acquis are brought closer together. Members of the platform seek to inform policy development in the field of social and economic rights through information exchange on the newest policy developments at European and national levels, such as through country visits and consultations on the European Pillar of Social Rights.
- Domestic litigation for economic and social rights
- Monitoring the respect, promotion and fulfilment of social and economic rights
- Collective Complaints Mechanism of the European Social Charter
- Discrimination in the enjoyment of economic and social rights
Equality Bodies contributing to the protection, respect and fulfillment of Economic and Social Rights
Equinet has produced a Perspective entitled Equality Bodies contributing to the protection, respect and fulfillment of Economic and Social Rights which aims to:
- Explore the specific nature of the contribution that can be made by equality bodies to protecting and fulfilling economic and social rights.
- Establish the contribution being made by equality bodies to the enjoyment of economic and social rights without discrimination.
- Identify how this contribution might be further reinforced.
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.
Equinet Contact: Katrine Steinfeld (firstname.lastname@example.org)