15. European Social Charter.

The European Social Charter was adopted by member states of the Council of Europe1 in 19612 and revised in 19963. It is designed to guarantee social and economic rights augmenting the human rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights4, and sets out the policy aims that the signatories are required to pursue5 and the rights associated with those policy aims that signatories undertake to be bound by6. Many of the Charter rights were also subsequently guaranteed under the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights7. The Council of Europe describes the Social Charter as the 'social constitution of Europe'. Parties to the Social Charter accept as the aim of their policy, to be pursued by