Besides occasional news reports about the discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people, there is very little comparable data collected across the EU about the everyday experiences of LGBT people with respect of discrimination. In response to this situation, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has launched the first ever online EU-wide survey to establish an accurate picture of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (18 years or older) that will try to capture their experiences.
Effective national monitoring structures and quantifiable targets were identified as vital to help promote Roma inclusion in Europe, at the Extraordinary European Platform for Roma Inclusion, in Brussels on 22 March 2012.
In 2008 the Commission issued a proposal for a Council Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. (COM (2008) 426)
More than 100 EU law experts from EU institutions, EU Member States and human rights organizations, will discuss the practical application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights at a two-day seminar that begins in Copenhagen today.
Equality is a core component of fundamental rights protection. Yet gender inequalities persist in today's society, and are often compounded by other forms of discrimination, preventing women from enjoying their full rights.
On 1 March, the FRA hosted a stakeholder meeting on access to healthcare for irregular migrants, focusing on FRA research findings. The 40 participants were mostly medical professionals from the countries covered by the FRA research (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden).
On 29 February, the FRA hosted a stakeholder meeting on inequalities and multiple discrimination in access to healthcare, focusing on the provisional findings of the FRA research project on the subject.
On 28 February, the FRA hosted a stakeholder meeting to achieve greater clarity on the added value of the legal case for multiple discrimination in Europe, as part of FRA's research on multiple discrimination.
Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand, who recently became Chairperson of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, visited the FRA to hear about FRA's work on access to justice, crime victimisation and its research methodology.