Opening speech at the Conference "The Council of Europe Social Charter 50 Years on: What next?"

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The European Social Charter has, of course, been a source of inspiration for furthering fundamental social rights throughout Europe for the last 50 years. The Charter is, without doubt, the twin pillar to the Council of Europe's much-applauded European Convention of Human Rights. In many ways, both represent the best of the European democratic and social model.

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