Conformity of national law and practice with ESC provisions, by EU Member State

This table outlines the number of provisions examined as well as the number and rate of conformity of national law and practice with European Social Charter provisions.
Conformity of national law and practice with ESC provisions
  Total number of Charter provisions examined* Total number of conclusions of conformity Total number of conclusions of non-conformity   2 - Conformity 2 - Non-conformity 4 - Conformity 4 - Non-conformity 5 - Conformity 5 - Non-conformity 6 - Conformity 6 - Non-conformity 21 - Conformity 21 - Non-conformity 22 - Conformity 22 - Non-conformity 26 - Conformity 26 - Non-conformity 28 - Conformity 28 - Non-conformity 29 - Conformity 29 - Non-conformity 2 Additional Protocol - Conformity 2 Additional Protocol - Non-conformity 3 Additional Protocol - Conformity 3 Additional Protocol - Non-conformity   Percentage (non-conformity of total number of Charter provisions examined)
AT 16 11 3   5 1 1 1 1   3           1     1               19
BE 21 14 5   5 2 1 2 1   3 1 1   1   1       1             24
BG 21 11 10   6   1 3   1   4 1     1 2   1 1               48
CY 15 10 2   4     1 1   3 1     1       1                 13
CZ 16 8 5   3 2 1 2     2 1                     1   1     31
DE 14 7 3   1   2 2 1   3 1                               21
DK 13 7 3   2   1     1 2 2                     1   1     23
EE 21 12 7   5 1   4   1 2 1 1       2   1   1             33
EL 12 3 5   1 3   2                             1   1     42
ES 17 9 7   3 2 1 3 1   2 2                     1   1     41
FI 21 11 7   4 2   3 1   3   1       1 1   1 1             33
FR 23 13 6   4 2 1 2     3 1   1 1   2   1 1               26
HR**                                                        
HU 14 6 4   4 2         2 2                               29
IE 22 11 10   4 3 1 4   1 2 2         2   1   1             45
IT 23 12 7   4 2 1 2 1   2 1   1   1 2   1   1             30
LT 23 13 8   6 1   4 1   3 1 1   1     1   1 1             35
LU 13 7 4   4 1   2   1 3                                 31
LV 5 3 2             1 3 1                               40
MT 19 6 6   2 2   2   1 2 1         1       1             32
NL*** 23 13 9   2 5 1 3 1   4   1   1   1 1 1   1             39
PL 12 6 5   3 1   3   1 3                                 42
PT 23 12 10   5 2   4   1 1 3 1   1   2   1   1             43
RO 19 10 6   5   1 3   1 2 1 1             1 1             32
SE 16 12 3   3   2   1   2 2 1   1   2         1           19
SI 23 17 2   5 1 1 1 1   4   1   1   2   1   1             9
SK 23 13 10   4 3 1 4 1   2 2 1   1   2     1 1             43
UK 13 3 10   1 3   4   1 2 2                               77
Total examined 481                                                      

Notes:

* The discrepancy between the total number of ESC provisions examined and the number of provisions Member States are in conformity and non-conformity with is due to the ECSR being unable to reach a conclusion for some situations, pending receipt of additional information from the Member State government concerned.
The ECSR monitors compliance with the 1961 ESC (with its 1988 Additional protocol) and 1996 ESC according to a four-year cycle and on the basis of yearly state reports on a thematic group of provisions (the provisions of the Charter have been divided into four thematic groups together making up the four-year cycle). Conclusions in 2013 focused on health, social security and social protection: Articles 3, 11, 12, 13, 14, 23 and 30 and Article 4 of the Additional Protocol. During 2013 the ECSR examined the application of the 1961 ESC by eight EU Member States: Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. During the same time period the ECSR also examined the application of the 1996 ESC by 17 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden. Croatia, Luxembourg (both for the 1961 ESC) and Portugal (for the 1996 ESC) did not submit a report in time.

** Croatia did not submit a report and consequently the ECSR was not able to adopt conclusions in respect of this Member State.

*** Only Netherlands is considered, the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (that is formed by the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba).

Source: Council of Europe, Conclusions of the Committee of Social Rights 2014

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