PES ready with a roadmap on LGBTI rights


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A roadmap to strengthen LGBTI rights in EU legislation was agreed by the Party of European Socialists at their Presidency meeting.

PES member parties have committed to promote EU-wide hate crime legislation, to monitor systematic violations of LGBTI rights within the existing EU rules on fundamental rights, and to support LGBTI groups within their structures, among other measures.  

Mia Sundelin, president of the PES LGBTI network Rainbow Rose, said:

“This is an important step to give all people equal rights. This adoption means LGBTI rights will raise on the agenda within all our sister parties in Europe. Implementing this roadmap will change thousands of lives in Europe for the better.”

PES President Sergei Stanishev said:

”Right wing politicians are increasingly using LGBTI people and other minorities as a scapegoat. But human rights are universal and indivisible. Social democrats must stand firmly to combat hatred and intolerance in Europe.”

Read the Roadmap