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On April 22, 2013 five decisions on the merits of the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) concerning pension schemes in Greece became public. In these cases, registered on 2 January 2012, trade union claimants argue that the recent legislation introduced by the Greek government from May 2010 modifying both public and private pension schemes, constitute a violation of Article 12§3 (right to social security) of the Social Charter.
The ECSR considered that even though restrictions to the benefits available in a national social security system do not under certain conditions breach the Charter, the cumulative effect of restrictions introduced as "austerity measures", together with the procedures applied to put them into place, may amount to a violation of the right to social security.
Keeping this in mind, the ECSR held that due to the cumulative effect of the restrictive measures and the procedures adopted to put them into place, certain regulations introduced by the Government of Greece constitute a violation of Article 12§3 (right to social security) of the 1961 Charter.
Read the ECSR decisions: