The presentation focused on discrimination in employment, education, violence and hate crime experienced by lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the EU and Croatia. A lively debate among Members of Parliament (MEPs) followed on the survey’s results after the presentation.
Education was one of the key areas highlighted in the debate, considering that 80% of the LGBT survey's respondents in every EU Member State recall negative comments or bullying of LGBT youth at school. Having school books that could include topics on LGBT human rights and non-discrimination would be an important step, some MEPs said.
Many MEPs called for strengthening the EU-wide prohibition of discrimination, as proposed by the Commission in the horizontal EU anti-discrimination directive. A few MEPs, however, warned against having "detailed" EU legislation against discrimination. Others raised the need for comprehensive actions at the EU and national levels to strengthen systematic and coordinated responses to discrimination and promoting respect for LGBT persons and their protection across the EU. MEPs also underscored the need to collect more information on the perpetrators on how law enforcement treats complaints of violence.
Members of Parliament expressed their appreciation of the survey being undertaken, and emphasised the need for concrete follow up to the survey’s results by the EU and its Member States.