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Social rights are not second class rights, says PACE President

Speaking at the opening of the High-level Conference on the European Social Charter “Europe restarts in Turin” PACE President Anne Brasseur recalled that social rights must be considered as fundamental human rights, indivisible, interdependent and complementary. “They are not second class rights,” she said.

With a view to ensure consistency of national measures in the field of social rights, she called for the ratification of the relevant texts by all member states, hence creating a harmonised European landscape. Anne Brasseur also encouraged national parliaments to use both the Charter and the Case Law of the European Committee of Social Rights when drafting national and regional legislation to ensure the implementation of the European Social Charter.