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A memorial commemorating the tens of thousands of homosexual people persecuted during the Nazi regime is opened today in Berlin
Linda Freimane, member of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board and Philipp Braun, Secretary General of ILGA, took part in the opening ceremony alongside Klaus Wowereit, the openly gay Mayor of Berlin, and Bernd Neumann, Minister of State, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Around 200 gay activists marched through Bucharest on Saturday in a heavily policed pride parade that defied efforts by religious and far-right groups to have the annual event banned.
The European Parliament adopted a report calling on the Commission to adhere to its commitment to propose a "comprehensive directive" to combat any discrimination in access to goods and services on grounds of sex, race, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation. The own-initiative report adopted with 362 votes in favour, 262 against and 56 abstentions, also demands effective sanctions and support for victims.
Today the members of the European Parliament will debate and vote on a resolution “Progress made in equal opportunities and non-discrimination in the EU”. The resolution is based on a report produced by Elisabeth Lynne, MEP, and adopted by the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs on 17 April 2008. The draft resolution clearly urges the European Commission to stay committed to the Commission’s work plan for 2008 and to come out with a proposal for one ‘horizontal’ anti-discrimination directive covering all grounds of discrimination, including sexual orientation.
Statement of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Vienna, 16 May 2008