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Council of Europe presents “Turin Process”, a film on the European Social Charter

The Council of Europe has produced the film “Turin Process” with the aim of promoting the European Social Charter. The film has been made in the framework of the Turin process for the European Social Charter, an initiative launched by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in 2014 to reinforce the Charter, one of the key priorities of his mandate.

Through the film the Council tries a new way of communicating about human rights. It shows how the implementation of the Charter contributes to the quality of people’s everyday life. The film takes the city of Turin as an example of positive everyday situations, reflecting circumstances in which social rights are fully effective.

At a time when these fundamental rights are under pressure or even at risk, this treaty guarantees day-to-day human needs: work; health; housing; education; social security and protection, welfare services. The film suggests that implementing this Social Constitution of Europe therefore means ensuring dignity, bringing people together, contributing to their individual and collective wellbeing, as well as leading to social cohesion, peace and economic development.

The European Social Charter is a Council of Europe treaty that guarantees fundamental social and economic rights related to employment, housing, health, education, social protection and welfare. The Charter lays specific emphasis on the protection of vulnerable persons such as elderly people, children, people with disabilities and migrants. It requires that enjoyment of the abovementioned rights be guaranteed without discrimination.

Watch the film "Turin Process" here: long version and short version