The European Parliament voted to put human rights, including of LGBTI people, at the heart of the European Neighbourhood Policy. The Parliament emphasised the “need to focus on strengthening and consolidating … respect for diversity and the rights of minorities, including … the rights of LGBTI persons.”
The ENP organises relationships between the EU and its closest Eastern and Southern neighbours*, and has a budget of more than €15 billion (2014-2020), part of which goes to civil society.
Tanja Fajon MEP, Vice-President of the Intergroup on LGBTI Rights, said: “This report recognises the need to improve the situation for LGBTI people in our neighbourhood. It gives the European Commission and all EU delegations in the ENP countries the mandate to tackle discrimination and work with civil society to change the situation for the better.” Read More