Conference on the future of the protection of social rights in Europe
Brussels, 12-13 February 2015
Within the framework of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe the Federal Public Service Social Security 2015 and the Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue, in cooperation with the Council of Europe, organised on 12 and 13 February 2015 a high-level Conference on "The Future of the Protection of Social Rights in Europe" in Brussels.
The event offered a high-level exchange between academic experts, social partners, civil society organizations and representatives of international and political institutions.
Following the Turin Conference, the discussions resulted in the "Brussels Document", i.e. the synthesis of the conclusions reached by the sessions.
The "Brussels Document" has been handed over to the Belgium Chairmanship to provide input for the activities of the Council of Europe concerning social rights, with an updated and renewed view.
Speeches and statements delivered on the occasion of the Conference
Thursday 12 February 2015
Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner of Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
Maggie De Block, Belgian Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health
SESSION I: REDEFINING THE WELFARE STATE AND THE ECONOMIC CRISIS: DEVELOPMENTS IN SOCIAL PROTECTION AND LABOUR LAW
Isabel Ortiz, Director Social Protection, International Labour Organization
Prof. Catherine Barnard, Cambridge University
SESSION II: GUARANTEE OF THE SOCIAL RIGHTS BY THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE : A BULWARK AGAINST THE CRISIS
Giuseppe Palmisano, President of the European Committee of Social Rights.
Prof. Paul Lemmens, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights.
SESSION III: GUARANTEE OF THE SOCIAL RIGHTS IN A BROADER CONTEXT
Prof. Koen Lenaerts, Vice-President of the Court of Justice of the European Union
Virginia Bras Gomes, UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Member of the Committee
Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director, ILO International Labour Standards Department
Friday 13 October 2015
Synthesis of the first day, by François Vandamme, Elected member of the European Committee of Social Rights
SESSION IV: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE IN THE AREA
Prof. Jeff Kenner, Chair of European Law, University of Nottingham: The role of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in the protection of social rights and a member of the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC)
Prof. Olivier De Schutter, Member of the Scientific Committee of the EU Fundamental Rights, Agency and Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: The relationship between the European Union and the Council of Europe with regard to social rights: review of the present situation and future prospects
SESSION V: CONCLUSIONS
Michele Nicoletti, Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, General Rapporteur of the Conference of Turin
Kris Peeters, Belgian Vice-Prime Minister, and Minister of Employment, Economy and Consumers, in charge of External Trade and announcement of the “Brussels Document” on the future of the protection of fundamental social rights in Europe.
Pierre Baussand, Director of Social Platform
Georges de Kerchove, representative of ATD Quart Monde
Date: 12-13 February 2015
Location: Auditorium Pacheco, Brussels
Organiser: Council of Europe, Belgian Federal Public Service Social Security, Belgian Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue in the framework of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe