LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

EU LGBTI Strategy

What is the EU LGBTI Strategy?

In 2011, discussions on an EU LGBTI Strategy began. Put simply, the LGBTI Strategy is an action plan designed to combat homophobia and transphobia within the European Union. It does not extend the competences of the EU, but it does make sure that EU is actively working towards ending discrimination against LGBTI people within its borders. The call for an EU LGBTI Strategy came from the fact that the EU has previously adopted similar strategies for Roma people, gender equality and people with disabilities.

How has work on the LGBTI Strategy progressed?

In December 2013, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted a recommendation for the EU LGBTI Strategy. In January 2014, a clear majority of the European Parliament supported the Strategy by adopting the Report on the EU Roadmap against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. This is often referred to as the Lunacek Report, after MEP rapporteur Ulrike Lunacek.

Under the leadership of Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission has highlighted the development of a LGBTI Strategy as one of its key priorities.

How is ILGA-Europe working towards an EU LGBTI Strategy?

ILGA-Europe, together with our members, have been working to gain support from national governments. So far, 13 Member states support an EU LGBT strategy.

Is this even within the EU’s remit?

Yes – these types of strategies and frameworks fall within the Commission’s right to organise its own workload. The LGBTI strategy is not directly regulated by EU treaty law. They are not legislative proposals so the competences of the EU are not being expanded in any way.  

For more information, contact Katrin Hugendubel, Advocacy Director