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How does creating LGBTI inclusive regions and cities matter to their development?

Regions and cities can play an important role in promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality. Continue reading

LGBTI citizens [What Europe does for you]

With European elections coming up in May 2019, you probably want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life, before you think about voting. In the latest in a series of posts on what Europe does for you, your family, your business and your wellbeing, we look at what Europe does for LGBTI citizens. Continue reading

Being a LGBTI person in African countries

More than 4 African countries out of 5 of have laws criminalizing homosexuality, or even punishing LGBTI* rights advocacy. In 2014 tougher laws were passed in Nigeria, Gambia and Uganda, which followed in the steps of Liberia’s criminalisation of homosexuality in 2012. Continue reading

The rights of LGBTI people in the European Union

Sexual orientation is now recognised in EU law as a ground of discrimination. However, the scope of these provisions is limited and does not cover social protection, healthcare, education and access to goods and services, leaving LGBTI people particularly vulnerable in these areas. Continue reading

Plenary round-up – Brussels, September 2020

The September 2020 plenary session was the sixth conducted with Members participating remotely, using the alternative voting procedure put in place in March by Parliament’s Bureau, although a majority were again present in Brussels. Continue reading

From AI to zero-waste life – An A-Z of EPRS resources on 35 policy topics

It is often difficult to find brief and accessible analysis of today’s burning European Union policy issues among the enormous amount of material available. Continue reading

The coronavirus crisis: Options for economic recovery [What Think Tanks are thinking]

As the coronavirus crisis keeps the world in its grip, analysts ponder what future measures could stimulate recovery from the deep recession expected in its aftermath, with a focus, in particular, on the European Commission’s plans and the growth-boosting fund recently proposed by France and Germany. Continue reading

Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, December 2019

The December plenary session highlights included the election of the European Ombudsman; commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty and the Charter of Fundamental Rights becoming legally binding; and the award of the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Continue reading

Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, November II 2019

The November II plenary session highlights included the vote on the new European Commission, agreement on the 2020 budget, and Parliament’s declaration of a climate emergency. Continue reading

Marking International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Over the 2014-2019 legislature, the European Parliament has strongly condemned all forms of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-sexual and intersex (LGBTI) people. Parliament has stressed the urgency of tackling increasing levels of hate speech and hate crime motivated by bias against a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, and put forward concrete proposals for combating hate speech and harmful stereotypes in the media. Continue reading

Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, February 2019

The February plenary session highlights included a further debate on the Future of Europe, with Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s Prime Minister; debates on Syria, and the future of the INF Treaty and its impact on the EU; and discussions on Roma integration strategies, and on a reflection paper on a sustainable Europe by 2030. Continue reading

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2018

To mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May, the Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights – an informal forum for MEPs – is organising a specific event to highlight the situation of LGBTI people seeking asylum in Europe. Continue reading

Spotlight on mental health in Europe

Written by Nicole Scholz, Mental health problems not only exact a toll on the people affected, they also put pressure on health, economic and welfare systems. The EU is promoting mental health through various instruments. Globally, World Mental Health Day is held on 10 October each year to raise awareness. World Mental Health Day, inaugurated at … Continue reading

European Union relations with Africa

Written by Marc Hall with Clare Ferguson, EU-Africa relations, based on the Cotonou Agreement and the 2007 Joint Africa-EU Strategy, are centred on the promotion of peace and security on the continent. Activities include dialogue on policies including human rights issues such as women’s empowerment, decent work and social protection, the position of LGBT people, … Continue reading

Shrinking legal space for civil society in Russia

6 language versions available in PDF format Rechtsraum für die Zivilgesellschaft in Russland schrumpft Reducción del espacio jurídico de la sociedad civil en Rusia Restriction de l’espace juridique pour la société civile en Russie Riduzione dello spazio giuridico della società civile in Russia Zawężanie przestrzeni prawnej dla społeczeństwa obywatelskiego w Rosji Shrinking legal space for … Continue reading

The fundamental rights of LGBT people

The findings of a recent survey of the Fundamental Rights Agency show that one in two LGBT people felt discriminated against or harassed in the twelve months preceding the survey. In the area of employment, as well as in other areas such as education, healthcare, housing, etc., this minority is often confronted by homophobic or … Continue reading

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