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On 28 October 2014, the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU, in cooperation with the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the General Secretariat of the Council will host the high-level conference “Tackling sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination: next steps in EU and Member State policy making”. The event will take place in the Council of the EU premises (Justus Lipsius) in Brussels.

Building on FRA’s EU LGBT survey results and other studies, the conference will address fundamental rights challenges that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people face in their daily lives, including hostility, hate crime, discrimination and bullying. Over 250 decision makers and fundamental rights’ practitioners from across the EU will gather to discuss effective and targeted policy responses to these and other challenges.

Conference objectives

  • To support the further development of effective and targeted policy responses by the EU and its Member States to address the fundamental rights challenges faced by LGBTI people.
  • To raise awareness of the situation of LGBTI people across the EU, both in terms of rights ensured by law, as well as their experiences of discrimination and hate crime.
  • To exchange promising practices in legislation, policy and specific policy measures, including on the role of public authorities and professionals working in the employment, law enforcement and education sectors in combatting discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • To discuss how equality policies in different areas of the Union’s competence can be further strengthened and mainstreamed.

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