Chapter 1: Social security in the fundamental rights case law of the Court of Justice
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Chapter 1 focuses on the protection of social security rights in the EU legal order via the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (CFREU). Although the Charter was innovating on several points, questions about the role and the enforceability of those social rights already emerged during the conception of the Charter. Clarification about the content and the role of the right to social security and social assistance is much needed. This contribution first explores the current status of the right to social security and social assistance in Article 34 CFREU, as well as the existing obstacles and difficulties concerning the content and enforceability of this provision, the indirect protection of social security rights via other civil and political rights and the relationship with the European Pillar of Social Rights. Finally, the chapter looks ahead and reflects on how the right to social security can be further developed.

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