|Hungary Blocks EU Support for LGBTI Policy|
by Redaktie in History & Politics , 28 April 2016
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Hungary has blocked EU support for the LGBTI emancipation policy of European Commissioner Vera Jourová. As EU President, the Netherlands suggested that all member states should endorse Jourová's plan.
Early March, it became clear that all Ministers were ready to do this, except for the Hungarian Minister. As these decisions need to be made unanimously, the outcome was not positive. It should have been the first time in the history of the EU that the Minsters of all 28 member states would jointly endorse LGBT emancipation.
Minister Jet Bussemaker (Education) was committed to a positive decision, and calls the outcome ‘very regrettable’. According to her, European cooperation is essential in the fight against homo/bi/transphobia.
Gay interest group COC Netherlands is deeply disappointed that not all EU Ministers support an EU-wide emancipation policy. However, the COC points out that Commissioner Jourová could also continue her policy without the support of all member states, and encourages the European Commissioner to do so. With the support of 26 out of 28 member states, there is broad support, the COC concludes.
In her List of actions by the Commission to advance LGBTI equality, European Commissioner Jourová identifies areas, such as education, health care, and foreign policy, where the EU can help advancing LGBTI emancipation. The COC is critical about this list of actions, as it is not always very concrete, but does see the plan as a first step in the right direction.
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