During its 233rd session, from 1 to 5 December 2008, the European Committee of Social Rights held an exchange of views with Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Committee's first working session.

The Deputy Secretary General emphasised the transformation in the status and role of the Committee that had taken place since 1968, as well as the importance of the collective complaints procedure in putting into practice the principle of indivisibility of human rights.

She underlined that social rights must not be treated as less important than civil and political rights and made the following suggestions in order to enhance the profile of the Charter and its supervisory mechanism: