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Parliamentary questions
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16 September 2015
Question reference: E-006719/2015

While the EU has not acceded to the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe, the Council recalls that the EU Treaties, as well as the Preamble of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, refer to that instrument and there is, in general, convergence between the Social Charter and Union law. Likewise, there is case law of the Court of Justice of the EU which refers to the European Social Charter and as clarified in the Explanations relating to the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which, under the third subparagraph of Article 6(1) TEU and Article 52(7) of that Charter must be taken into account in the interpretation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, a number of the rights and principles therein draw on provisions from the European Social Charter.

The Council has not discussed the issue of a possible EU accession to the European Social Charter.

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