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Study on the European Pillar of Social Rights and the role of the European Social Charter in the European Union legal order

Strasbourg, France 19/12/2018
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Study on the European Pillar of Social Rights and the role of the European Social Charter in the European Union legal order

The study, conducted by Olivier de Schutter, Professor at UCLouvain and SciencesPo and Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, was initiated following the request of the CoE-FRA-ENNHRI-Equinet Platform on Economic and Social Rights and it was presented at the last meeting of the Platform in Strasbourg on 28 November 2018.

The study aims at exploring the contribution of the European Pillar of Social Rights, proclaimed by the European Union (EU) institutions in November 2017, to the protection and promotion of social rights in the European Union, and how synergies could be built in the future with the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe.

Part I of the study describes the protection of fundamental social rights in the EU. It then addresses, in part II, the added value of the European Pillar of Social Rights. Finally, it discusses, in part III, how the Pillar could strengthen its links with the European Social Charter. According to Olivier de Schutter, the European Social Charter, being the main instrument for the protection of social rights in Europe to which all EU Member States are parties, should seize the opportunity represented by the adoption of the Pillar to strengthen social rights in Europe.


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