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Community Charter of the Fundamental Social Rights of Workers

The Community Charter of the Fundamental Social Rights of Workers was adopted in 1989 by all Member States except the United Kingdom. The objectives of the Charter have been included in the Treaty of Amsterdam since the integration of the provisions of the Maastricht social protocol in the Treaty. The Lisbon Treaty makes reference to it in title X on social policy (Article 151 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union). The Treaty also recognises the Council of Europe's European Social Charter, signed in 1961 in Turin

The Charter is seen as a political instrument containing "moral obligations" whose object is to guarantee that certain social rights are respected in the countries concerned. These relate primarily to the labour market, vocational training, social protection, equal opportunities and health and safety at work. It also contains an explicit request to the Commission to put forward proposals for translating the content of the Charter into legislation. The Charter has been followed up by action programmes and specific legislative proposals.

The Charter of Fundamental Rights, proclaimed in Nice on 7 December 2000 has been integrated into the Lisbon Treaty, includes the rights set out in this Charter.

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