The High Level Group of Experts on Social Rights, recently appointed by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, held its first meeting on Tuesday 9 February 2021 via video conference.
The group, whose task is to propose concrete actions to strengthen the Council of Europe's impact in terms of protection and promotion of social rights in Europe, is composed of the following persons:
- Mr Olivier De Schutter, Professor of Law, University of Louvain, Belgium; UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
- Ms Monika Schlachter-Voll, Professor of Labour Law, University of Trier, Germany, former Vice-President of the European Committee of Social Rights
- Mrs Marie-Caroline Bonnet-Galzy, Inspector General of Social Affairs, French Councillor of State in extraordinary service
- Mr Morten Kjærum, Director of Raoul Wallenberg Institute, former Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
- Mr Yuri Voronin, Commissioner for Finance and former Deputy Minister for Health and Social Development, Russian Federation
- Mr Michele Nicoletti, University Professor, former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, former General Rapporteur of the Turin Process for the European Social Charter
- Mr Joseph Faber, President of the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter
- Mr Giuseppe Palmisano, General Rapporteur of the European Committee of Social Rights
Olivier De Schutter will act as General Rapporteur of the group.
Ambassador Ivan Orlić, in his capacity as Chairman of the GR-SOC, will follow the work of the group as an observer.
As a result, the group of experts will draw a report which will be submitted to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe at the end of March.