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European Convention on Social and Medical Assistance

(ETS No. 014)

Open for signature by the Members of the Council of Europe, in Paris on 11 December 1953.

Entry into force: 1 July 1954.

Summary of the treaty

Under this Convention, Parties undertake to ensure that the nationals of other Parties, who are lawfully present in their territory and who are without sufficient resources, are entitled to the same social and medical assistance as their own nationals.

The Protocol (ETS No. 014A), opened for signature by the Members of the Council of Europe who have signed the principal Agreement, in Strasbourg, on 11 December 1953, and entered into force on 1 October 1954, extends the benefit of the provisions of the Convention to refugees.