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Final Report - Social Rights
Final Report on Social Rights
Austerity Measures and its Implications in Europe

Coordinated by: Bruno Filipe Lima Monteiro, Desirée Ramada, Ioannis Kouvakas, Carlota Fernández de la Cancela and Olav Vogt Engeland


Countries involved: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, The Netherlands, Ukraine, the United Kingdom


Published: July 2015


Length: 1579 pages


The Final Report on Social Rights is the output document of the International Legal Research Group on Social Rights organised in cooperation between ELSA and the Council of Europe. The Department of the European Social Charter provided ELSA with research questions that 28 National Groups in our network have investigated in the framework of their respective national legislation. The background of the project is the economic crisis that has hit Europe. For this aim, the focus of our research was on vulnerable groups that were most severely affected by the economic crisis.


Thus, each national research group strived to provide the general legal framework and analysed the impact that austerity measures, if any, have had on the labour, social, education and health frameworks up to 2015.


The research was conducted between November 2014 and June 2015 and resulted, apart from this Final Report in a Concluding Conference that took place in Strasbourg in November 2015.