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Online shopping: banning unjustified geo-blocking and discrimination practices [European Parliament impact 2014-2019]

Erasmus+ is the European Union’s programme dedicated to education, training, youth and sport. It is one of the best-known EU initiatives, but many think Erasmus+ is only for university students who go to study for a few months in another European university. 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

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

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

45 years of International Roma Day (8 April)

Written by Sofia López Piqueres, Recent anti-gypsy* incidents remind us that discrimination against Roma people, although it does not always reach the media, is widespread. An example of this discrimination is the recent incident involving football fans in Madrid, recorded humiliating six Roma women who were begging in the city centre. The video footage of … Continue reading

The Employment Equality Directive – European Implementation Assessment

Written by Jan Tymowski, Equality is one of the fundamental values that the European Union is founded upon, and it is duly reflected in the Treaties, as well as in national laws of the Member States. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU states explicitly that any discrimination based on – among other grounds … Continue reading

Promoting tolerance in the EU

Written by Martina Prpic In 1995 − which was the United Nations (UN) Year for Tolerance − the UN established 16 November as the International Day for Tolerance. The day was intended to serve as a reminder of the dangers of intolerance and the necessity to promote tolerance through raising public awareness, education and other … Continue reading

Cohesion policy and marginalised communities

Written by Christiaan van Lierop Marginalised communities largely live on the fringes of European society, often with little access to the services that the rest of the population take for granted. The responsibility for marginalised groups lies primarily with the Member States, yet the objective of social cohesion also calls for an EU-level response. While … 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

Roma integration strategies in the EU

The EU has long stressed the need for improved Roma integration. The European institutions and each individual Member State have a joint responsibility for changing the current situation. 3 language versions available in PDF format EN: Roma integration strategies in the EU FR: Stratégies en faveur de l’intégration des Roms dans l’Union européenne DE: Strategien … Continue reading

Implementation of the Employment Equality Directive

Written by Martina Prpic 6 language versions available in PDF format Umsetzung der Richtlinie über die Gleichbehandlung in Beschäftigung und Beruf Aplicación de la Directiva relativa a la igualdad de trato en el empleo Mise en œuvre de la directive sur l’égalité en matière d’emploi Attuazione della direttiva sulla parità in materia di occupazione Wdrażanie dyrektywy … Continue reading

Older people in Europe: EU policies and programmes

Older people are assuming a greater importance in the European Union as both their numbers and their proportion of the population increase due to the ageing of the population. The European Union (EU) and its Member States have adopted a number of policies and programmes that affect older people directly or support them in various ways. Discrimination on the … Continue reading

Bosnia & Herzegovina: continuing standstill

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) made very limited progress towards EU membership in 2013. The lack of measures to address discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity, and thus implement the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights is preventing BiH from moving closer to the EU. Background BiH was recognised as a potential candidate country … Continue reading

Human rights issues under the spotlight ahead of Sochi Olympics

In recent years, the Russian Federation has actively looked to increase its international standing by hosting a series of prestigious sporting events including the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the 2018 Football World Cup and the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Even if the start of the Olympics is still several months away, the eyes of the international community … Continue reading

Same-sex unions in the EU

At the moment of writing, six EU countries allow same-sex couples to marry, these being the Netherlands (since 2001), Belgium (2003) Spain (2005), Sweden (2009) Portugal (2010), and Denmark (2012). Luxembourg and France are planning to introduce a gender neutral marriage in the near future. In these two countries, same-sex couples have been already legally … Continue reading

Assessing fundamental rights in the European Union

6 language versions available in PDF format Bewertung von Grundrechten in der Europäischen Union Evaluación de los derechos fundamentales en la UE Évaluation des droits fondamentaux dans l’Union européenne Valutazione dei diritti fondamentali nell’Unione europea Ocena przestrzegania praw podstawowych w Unii Europejskiej Assessing fundamental rights in the European Union Since 1993, the European Parliament has … Continue reading

Combating hate crimes in the European Union

How can hate crimes be effectively tackled by both Member States and the European Union? This was the central question of a panel debate organised by the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) and the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) on 29 November 2012. Presentation of new FRA reports on hate crimes The event began … Continue reading

2013 European Year of Citizens

6 language versions available Europäisches Jahr der Bürgerinnen und Bürger (2013) 2013 Año Europeo de los Ciudadanos Année européenne des citoyens 2013 Anno europeo dei cittadini 2013 Rok 2013 Europejskim Rokiem Obywateli The Commission has proposed to make 2013 the Year of Citizens in order to raise awareness of their rights and responsibilities. Particular attention … Continue reading

Trans and intersex issues: Challenges for EU law

The EP Intergroup on LGBT rights and the The Greens/EFA held a seminar on Trans and Intersex issues on 26 September 2012. Intersexuality refers to people whose biological sex cannot be classified as clearly male or female. The aim of the seminar was to present a recent study requested by the European Commission on discrimination … Continue reading

The EU’s role in combating discrimination

The right to equality of treatment is a universal right recognised by a number of international human-rights agreements, including the European Convention on Human Rights. In addition to the rights provided by the ECHR, discrimination against EU citizens is also prohibited by various provisions of EU equality law. This area has grown considerably over the … Continue reading

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