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Intergroup meeting on LGBT rights in the Western Balkans

Summary: Roundtable on LGBT Rights in the Western Balkans

On 22 November, the Intergroup hosted a roundtable on LGBT Rights in the Western Balkans where MEPs and the Commission exchanged with LGBT activists from Croatia and Montenegro.

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Posted in: Intergroup documents, Recent news on November 26th, 2012
Enlargement countries

New EU accession reports: LGBT rights in South-Eastern Europe, Turkey and Iceland

The European Commission’s annual reports on accession countries were published yesterday, and include important information on the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in those 9 countries. Both positive and negative developments are noted.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on October 11th, 2012
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Belgrade Pride banned again for 2012

Serbia’s Ministry of Interior announced today¬†they would ban this year’s Belgrade Pride, just three days before it was due to take place. The ban repeats last year’s experience, when authorities declined authorising the event out of ‘safety concerns’.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on October 3rd, 2012
Enlargement countries

European Parliament adopts 2012 accession reports

On Thursday 29 March the European Parliament adopted its annual enlargement progress reports for Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo. All resolutions require more progress in the field of LGBT rights.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on April 2nd, 2012
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Albanian Minister calls for homophobic violence, admonished by Prime Minister

Albania’s¬†Deputy Defense Minister recently called to homophobic violence against Albanian citizens planning to organise the country’s first LGBT pride march in spring. He was swiftly rebuked by the Prime Minister.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on March 27th, 2012
Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

New enlargement reports: Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina should do more for LGBT rights

The European Parliament adopted its annual progress reports on the accession of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Both countries are invited to do more for LGBT people’s human rights before they may join the EU.

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Posted in: News stories, Recent news on March 14th, 2012
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European Parliament calls on Croatia to adopt national action plan for LGBT rights

Today the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the accession of Croatia to the European Union. Among other requirements, the text calls on the future Member State to combat homophobia and prevent homophobic violence. The Parliament’s call follows this year’s … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on December 1st, 2011
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Belgrade Pride banned: Members of the European Parliament express deep regret

The Serbian LGBT pride march Parada Ponosa, due to take place on Sunday in the capital, was banned today by the National Security Council. The Council announced it would forbid the pride march, as well as three far-right counter-protests that … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on September 30th, 2011
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Priority question to the Commission and Council: Hate violence at Split Pride in Croatia

Today the Co-Presidents of the LGBT Intergroup tabled two priority written questions on the recent violence at Split Pride in Croatia, and how these would influence accession negotiations with Croatia.

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Posted in: Parliamentary work, Recent news on June 16th, 2011
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Unsafe pride event in Croatia casts shadow over accession prospects

On 11 June, the first LGBT pride march in Split, Croatia, was met with violence from a crowd of an estimated 2,000-10,000 right-wing extremists. The police failed to protect participants adequately; at least six activists and journalists were taken to … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on June 13th, 2011