Economic & Social Rights
The programme aims to analyse and remind States of their responsibilities when implementing economic and social rights, particularly when it comes to the impact of macro-economic, investment, trade and fiscal policies.
With this recently established programme, EuroMed Rights formalises its long-standing experience with monitoring and strengthening socio-economic rights in the Euro-Mediterranean region, and develops its capacity to monitor policy developments and corporate activities impacting socio-economic rights more closely.
EuroMed Rights’ most recent publications and the list of members related to this programme are available in the column on the right-hand side of this page.
- Towards an action plan to implement the European pillar of social rights (November 2020 report)
- 25 years of the Barcelona process: where are economic and social rights? (November 2020 report)
- Economic and social rights in the European Union and in Euro-Mediterranean relations (August 2020 mapping study)
EuroMed Rights has worked on economic and social rights, on an ad hoc basis, for several years. In 2019, a new regional Working Group on Economic and Social Rights was launched, which aims to strengthen economic and social rights as key human rights in the Euro-Mediterranean region, and to counteract attempts to undermine these rights.
EuroMed Rights intends to monitor and improve the implementation of economic and social rights across the region. In addition to the 11 network members who form the core of this Working Group, around 20 external experts/expert organisations from a range of Euro-Mediterranean countries collaborate with the Working Group and join many of its activities. This achievement shows the importance of strengthening economic and social rights in the region, and of civil society organisations collaborating and coordinating their activities. Such collaborations prevent the duplication of work among civil society organisations and increase the effectiveness of the collective effort to advance economic and social rights.
Building on these initial results, EuroMed Rights will continue to jointly develop this new programme with its members and resource organisations in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The network will focus on the following thematic priorities agreed upon by the Working Group: the role and responsibilities of the State in implementing economic and social rights; new social movements; and the impact of macro-economic and fiscal policies as well as EU trade policies on economic and social rights.
The Economic and Social Rights Working Group provides a platform for international and national organisations to develop joint activities addressing key socio-economic rights concerns. The group fosters networking and capacity building, while developing monitoring, documentation and advocacy objectives.