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1 Recent developments in the European Parliament Bruno Selun Secretary to the Intergroup on LGBT Rights – ILGA-Europe 14 th Annual Conference The Hague, Netherlands, 29 October 2010

2 1) The European Parliament 2) The Intergroup 3) Recent developments

3 European Parliament VII NI

4 Bodies - National delegations

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6 Bodies - National delegations - Groups

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8 Bodies - National delegations - Groups - Committees

9 24 Committees Development Human Rights Employment and Social Affairs Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Petitions

10 Bodies - National delegations - Groups - Committees - Plenary

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12 Bodies - National delegations - Groups - Committees - Plenary -(External delegations)

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15 Legislative powers Consultation / Consent / Codecision ( )

16 Legislative powers Consultation / Consent / Codecision 

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18 Non-legislative activities - Initiative reports - Resolutions - Written declarations - Intergroups - Hearings, letters, Sakharov Prize...

19 1) The European Parliament 2) The Intergroup 3) Recent developments

20 27 Intergroups: Small and medium sized enterprises Ways of St. James Family, right of the child and Bioethics Sky and Space Youth Urban and Housing Mountains, Islands and Sparsely Populated Regions Social Economy Sustainable Hunting, Biodiversity and Countryside Activities Extreme Poverty and human Rights Disability Tibet Climate change and biodiversity and Sustainable development Water Baltic Europe Media Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity Seas And Coastal Affairs Welfare and Conservation of Animals Trade Union Coordination Group New Media, Free Software and Open Information Society Traditional National Minorities, Coastal Regions and Regional Languages LGBT Public services Western Sahara Anti-Racism and Diversity (Including Roma) Wine Tradition and Quality

21 The Intergroup: 112 MEPs

22 The Intergroup: 5 groups

23 United Kingdom21Italy4 France12Portugal3 Germany12Romania3 Netherlands11Spain3 Sweden9Estonia2 Denmark6Greece2 Finland6Austria1 Belgium5Czech Republic1 Ireland5Poland1 Hungary4Slovakia1 The Intergroup: 20 Member States

24 Michael Cashman United Kingdom Ulrike Lunacek Austria Sophie in’t Veld Netherlands Raül Romeva Spain Sirpa Pietikäinen Finland Rui Tavares Portugal The Intergroup: 6 Presidents

25 The Intergroup: Secretariat

26 The work of the Intergroup consists in monitoring the work of the European Union; monitoring the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in EU Member States and beyond; and liaising with civil society groups to relay their concerns at the European level. The Intergroup: Our work

27 Work with members of the Intergroup on reports, resolutions or amendments to include LGBT rights in formal EU texts. The Intergroup: Our tools

28 Ask parliamentary questions to the European Commission, the President of the European Commission, or the European Council. The Intergroup: Our tools

29 Organise internal or public meetings to facilitate exchanges of views between MEPs, experts and NGOs. The Intergroup: Our tools

30 Write letters to authorities in EU institutions, Member States, or countries the EU works with. The Intergroup: Our tools

31 Attend Pride marches and conferences to raise awareness at the local and national levels, exchange with local communities, and ensure security. The Intergroup: Our tools

32 The Intergroup: Our priorities 1

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38 facebook.com/LGBTintergroup

39 twitter.com/LGBTintergroup

40 lgbt-ep.eu/podcast

41 1) The European Parliament 2) The Intergroup 3) Recent developments

42 Recent developments: A new term 359 vs. 349

43 Recent developments: A new term ‘Kingmakers’ (89 %)

44 Recent developments: A new term ‘Kingmakers’ (94 %)

45 Recent developments: A new term

46 Recent developments: Thematic developments

47 Stockholm Programme ( ) European area of freedom, security and justice Calls for mutual recognition Political will  Continued pressure

48 Mutual recognition Legally complex Oral debate in September Supportive Commissioner Strong conservative opposition Intergroup hearing  FRA reports, new event

49 Mutual recognition “If you live in a legally-recognised same-sex partnership or marriage in a country A, you have the right —and that is a fundamental right— to take this status, and the one of your partner, to country B. If not, it is a violation of EU law.”

50 New Commissioners Took part in 5 hearings Viviane Reding Justice, Fundamental Rights, Citizenship Cecilia Malmström Home affairs Štefan Füle Enlargement Andris Piebalgs Development Catherine Ashton High Representative of the EU

51 New Commissioners Took part in 5 hearings Positive statements Mixed follow-up  Continue helping & pressurising

52 Political pressure Parliamentary questions (10) Letters Mixed follow-up  Continue helping & pressurising

53 Anti-discrimination directive Stalled progress  Lobby the Council

54 Lithuania Resolution on the law on Minors (Sep. 09) Baltic Pride Limited effects so far (sovereignty)  Help Commission repeal laws

55 IDAHO First time for EU institutions Jerzy Buzek President of the European Parliament Herman van Rompuy President of the European Council Viviane Reding Vice-president of the European Commission Catherine Ashton High Representative of the EU

56 IDAHO First time for EU institutions Strong messages Anchored for the mandate

57 Figueiredo report Includes trans rights in gender equality Adopted, official position Follow-up by MEPs Inclusion in new strategy  Monitor implementation

58 Internal note Drafted by Provides MEPs with data, situation  Encourage use by

59 (Trans)Gender Equality? Conference on transgender rights Attended by Commission, MEPs, NGOs Mainstream into Committees  Committee briefings

60 Accession countries Croatia: Good progress Macedonia: Regressing Turkey: Stalled, trans murders  Amend 2010 reports

61 Third countries Uganda: Resolution Malawi: Lobbied Commission Iran: Amending report Global: Amending report  Keep monitoring

62 Summary

63 - Push for Stockholm Programme - Explore mutual recognition

64 - Good new Commissioners - Continue political pressure to act

65 - Stalled anti-discrimination directive - Worried by Lithuania - Strong messages on IDAHO

66 - Landmark report - Informative internal note - Transgender rights conference

67 - Monitor progress in accession - Work on global diplomacy

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69 Thank you


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