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Programme LGBT 2014

Tuesday, 28 October, Justus Lipsius Building, Council of the EU

Time Description
08.15 – 08.45

Registration and welcome coffee


09.00 – 10.00

Welcome and Keynotes

10.00 - 11.30

Panel debate - Obstacles and challenges on the road to equality

Panel debate and plenary discussion with experts and practitioners:

  • Julia Ehrt, Director, Transgender Europe
  • Marco De Giorgi, Director, National Office against Racial Discrimination (UNAR), LGBTI Focal point, Italy
  • Sarah Halilovic, Gay Straight Alliance, the Netherlands
  • Jeanette Larsson, former police inspector and Vice-President of the Gay Police Association, Sweden

Discussion with the audience

11.30 – 12.00

Coffee break

12.00 – 13.30

High level panel debate - "A policy response: Strategies to address discrimination, prejudice and hate crime towards LGBT persons"


Evelyne Paradis, Executive Director, ILGA- Europe


Promising practice: “Promoting equality – a private sector response”

Jean-Michel Monnot, Vice-President, Group Diversity and Inclusion, SODEXO

Short interventions from the floor

13.30 - 14.00

Closing address

"The unstoppable voice for equality - a testimony"
Conchita Wurst, Musician, Performer and spokesperson for equality (video message)

"Italian Presidency - a call for fundamental rights"
Ivan Scalfarotto, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Constitutional Reforms and Government liaison to Parliament, Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU

14.00 - 15.00

Lunch buffet