On 12 and 13 February 2015, the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, in collaboration with the Council of Europe, organised in Brussels the European Conference on “the future of the protection of social rights in Europe”.
The Conference brought together high level political representatives and experts. The presence of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, a member of the European Commission, and the Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly should be emphasized.
Bringing together nearly 300 participants from the academic world, representatives of the Member States of the Council of Europe and international institutions (Council of Europe, European Union, International Labour Organisation, United Nations), social partners and INGOs, the conference was held in the continuity of the Turin process. This process, launched in the eponymous city by the Italian Presidency of the European Union and by the Council of Europe, aims to renew the political interest in social rights in Europe within the current context, taking into account the European Social Charter.
As announced at the Conference, academic experts have prepared the “Brussels Document”. It consists in a synthesis document summing up the main proposals made in the course of the Conference for further improving the protection of social rights considered as human rights. The working group was chaired by Prof. J.-Fr. Akandji-Kombé, Professor at Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne and coordinator of the Academic network of the European Social Charter.
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