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2007/2543(RSP) Resolution on homophobia in Europe

Progress: Procedure completed

Legal Basis:
RoP 123-p2

Events

2007/06/21
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2007/05/31
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2007/04/26
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2007/04/26
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament has adopted a joint resolution on homophobia in Europe in which it affirms that the EU institutions and Member States have a duty to ensure that the human rights of people living in Europe are respected, protected and promoted, as provided for by the ECHR, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Article 6 of the TEU, Council Directive 2000/43/EC of 29 June 2000 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin and Council Directive 2000/78/EC.

It reiterates its request to the Commission to ensure that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in all sectors is prohibited by completing the anti-discrimination package based on Article 13 of the EC Treaty. It calls for a worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality and urges the Commission to speed up the review of implementation of the anti-discrimination directives and to institute proceedings against Member States in the event of violations of their obligations under Community law.

The Parliament states that it will mark International Day against Homophobia on 17 May each year.

Member States are reminded that, in accordance with the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, the right to freedom of assembly may be exercised even when the views of those exercising that right challenge the views of the majority and that, in consequence, discriminatory bans of pride marches, as well as the failure to provide proper protection to those taking part in them, contravene the principles protected by the ECHR. All competent authorities, including local authorities, are invited to authorise such marches and protect participants adequately.

It condemns the discriminatory remarks by political and religious leaders targeting homosexuals, since they fuel hate and violence even if later withdrawn, and asks the respective organisations" hierarchies to condemn them.

The Parliament reiterates its invitation to all Member States to propose legislation to overcome the discrimination experienced by same-sex couples, and asks the Commission to make proposals to ensure that the mutual recognition principle is applied in this field also, in order to ensure the freedom of movement for all persons in the EU without discrimination.

The competent Polish authorities are urged to refrain from proposing or adopting legislation as described by the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education or from implementing intimidating measures against the gay community. The Parliament calls on the competent Polish authorities publicly to condemn and take measures against declarations by public leaders inciting discrimination and hatred based on sexual orientation; believes that any other behaviour would constitute a violation of Article 6 of the TEU. It requests the Polish authorities to facilitate the implementation of the Year of Equal Opportunities 2007, and requests the Commission to monitor the implementation of the Year, in particular the clause whereby funding is conditional on ensuring that all grounds for discrimination are addressed equally in the national programmes.

Lastly, the Conference of Presidents to authorise the sending of a delegation to Poland on a fact-finding mission, with a view to obtaining a clear picture of the situation and entering into dialogue with all the parties concerned.

Documents
2007/04/26
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2007/04/25
   EP - Motion for a resolution
Documents
2007/04/25
   EP - Motion for a resolution
Documents
2007/04/25
   EP - Motion for a resolution
Documents
2007/04/25
   Joint motion for resolution
Documents
2007/04/25
   EP - Debate in Parliament

Documents

Activities

Votes

RC B6-0167/2007 - Homophobie en Europa - résolution

2007/04/26 Outcome: +: 325, 0: 150, -: 124
FR DE ES GB SE IT BE NL RO FI AT PT DK BG HU EE EL SI MT LT CZ LU SK IE CY LV PL
Total
65
82
40
49
16
46
21
25
29
11
16
18
9
10
20
6
13
6
5
7
17
5
13
7
2
9
52
icon: PSE PSE
173

Estonia PSE

3

Slovenia PSE

For (1)

1

Lithuania PSE

2

Czechia PSE

2

Luxembourg PSE

For (1)

1

Slovakia PSE

Abstain (1)

3

Ireland PSE

1
icon: ALDE ALDE
73

Sweden ALDE

For (1)

1

Netherlands ALDE

3

Finland ALDE

For (1)

Against (1)

2

Austria ALDE

1

Denmark ALDE

2
2

Estonia ALDE

For (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Slovenia ALDE

2

Lithuania ALDE

Abstain (1)

3

Cyprus ALDE

Abstain (1)

1

Latvia ALDE

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
34

Spain Verts/ALE

2

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

2

Sweden Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Italy Verts/ALE

2

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Austria Verts/ALE

2

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
28

France GUE/NGL

2

Spain GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

2

Netherlands GUE/NGL

2

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

3

Denmark GUE/NGL

1

Greece GUE/NGL

1
icon: NI NI
7

United Kingdom NI

Against (2)

2

Italy NI

1

Austria NI

1

Slovakia NI

2

Poland NI

Against (1)

1
icon: IND/DEM IND/DEM
16

France IND/DEM

2

United Kingdom IND/DEM

4

Sweden IND/DEM

2

Netherlands IND/DEM

2

Denmark IND/DEM

Abstain (1)

1

Greece IND/DEM

Abstain (1)

1

Czechia IND/DEM

1

Poland IND/DEM

3
icon: ITS ITS
17

United Kingdom ITS

Against (1)

1

Italy ITS

2

Belgium ITS

2

Austria ITS

Against (1)

1
icon: PPE-DE PPE-DE
220

Denmark PPE-DE

For (1)

1

Bulgaria PPE-DE

2

Estonia PPE-DE

Abstain (1)

1

Slovenia PPE-DE

3

Malta PPE-DE

Abstain (2)

2

Lithuania PPE-DE

1

Luxembourg PPE-DE

Against (1)

3

Ireland PPE-DE

Abstain (1)

3

Cyprus PPE-DE

Abstain (1)

1

Latvia PPE-DE

Against (1)

3
icon: UEN UEN
31

Lithuania UEN

Against (1)

1

Ireland UEN

3

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  • date: 2007-04-25T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20070425&type=CRE type: Debate in Parliament title: Debate in Parliament body: EP type: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2007-04-26T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=13561&l=en type: Results of vote in Parliament title: Results of vote in Parliament url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P6-TA-2007-167 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading title: T6-0167/2007 body: EP type: Results of vote in Parliament
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    • date: 2007-04-25T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=B6-2007-167&language=EN title: B6-0167/2007 type: Motion for a resolution body: EP
    • date: 2007-04-25T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=B6-2007-168&language=EN title: B6-0168/2007 type: Motion for a resolution body: EP
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    • date: 2007-05-31T00:00:00 docs: url: /oeil/spdoc.do?i=13561&j=1&l=en title: SP(2007)2625/2 type: Commission response to text adopted in plenary
    • date: 2007-06-21T00:00:00 docs: url: /oeil/spdoc.do?i=13561&j=0&l=en title: SP(2007)3180 type: Commission response to text adopted in plenary
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    • date: 2007-04-25T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20070425&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
    • date: 2007-04-26T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=13561&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
    • date: 2007-04-26T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P6-TA-2007-167 title: T6-0167/2007 summary: The European Parliament has adopted a joint resolution on homophobia in Europe in which it affirms that the EU institutions and Member States have a duty to ensure that the human rights of people living in Europe are respected, protected and promoted, as provided for by the ECHR, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Article 6 of the TEU, Council Directive 2000/43/EC of 29 June 2000 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin and Council Directive 2000/78/EC. It reiterates its request to the Commission to ensure that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in all sectors is prohibited by completing the anti-discrimination package based on Article 13 of the EC Treaty. It calls for a worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality and urges the Commission to speed up the review of implementation of the anti-discrimination directives and to institute proceedings against Member States in the event of violations of their obligations under Community law. The Parliament states that it will mark International Day against Homophobia on 17 May each year. Member States are reminded that, in accordance with the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, the right to freedom of assembly may be exercised even when the views of those exercising that right challenge the views of the majority and that, in consequence, discriminatory bans of pride marches, as well as the failure to provide proper protection to those taking part in them, contravene the principles protected by the ECHR. All competent authorities, including local authorities, are invited to authorise such marches and protect participants adequately. It condemns the discriminatory remarks by political and religious leaders targeting homosexuals, since they fuel hate and violence even if later withdrawn, and asks the respective organisations" hierarchies to condemn them. The Parliament reiterates its invitation to all Member States to propose legislation to overcome the discrimination experienced by same-sex couples, and asks the Commission to make proposals to ensure that the mutual recognition principle is applied in this field also, in order to ensure the freedom of movement for all persons in the EU without discrimination. The competent Polish authorities are urged to refrain from proposing or adopting legislation as described by the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education or from implementing intimidating measures against the gay community. The Parliament calls on the competent Polish authorities publicly to condemn and take measures against declarations by public leaders inciting discrimination and hatred based on sexual orientation; believes that any other behaviour would constitute a violation of Article 6 of the TEU. It requests the Polish authorities to facilitate the implementation of the Year of Equal Opportunities 2007, and requests the Commission to monitor the implementation of the Year, in particular the clause whereby funding is conditional on ensuring that all grounds for discrimination are addressed equally in the national programmes. Lastly, the Conference of Presidents to authorise the sending of a delegation to Poland on a fact-finding mission, with a view to obtaining a clear picture of the situation and entering into dialogue with all the parties concerned.
    • date: 2007-04-26T00:00:00 type: End of procedure in Parliament body: EP
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