Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Di-ve: EU working on removing anti-discrimination directives

14 May 2010

The European Union is working to remove anti-discrimination directives amongst members states.

Ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia on 17 May, attention focuses on what can be done to end discrimination and stigmatisation of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people within and outside EU borders.

Spanish Green MEP Raúl Romeva said that the most acute problem in this area in the EU is "the clash between, on one hand very liberal policies in some countries, where society, politicians and authorities have a tolerant, open and inclusive approach and on the other hand the member states where none of this is the case".

"The bottom line is that LGBT people in all EU member states should be protected from discrimination by the treaty, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and where necessary, the Commission and Council should take action to inform and educate politicians and authorities to lead and show a good example," he added.

An informal intergroup on LGBT issues gathers MEPs from across the political spectrum. Members Michael Cashman, Ulrike Lunacek, Sophie in’t Veld and Christofer Fjellner took part in the Baltic Pride march in Vilnius on 8 May.

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