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ILGA-Europe's Memorandum to the Dutch Presidency

in NETHERLANDS, 01/07/2004

ILGA-Europe draws the attention of the Presidency to the areas affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people that can be progressed through concrete actions from July to December 2004

From today, July 1rst until the end of 2004 the Netherlands will hold the EU Presidency. Until the entry into force of the EU Constitution, the Presidency will pass every six months from one member state to another. The stated priorities of the Dutch presidency of the European Union are the enlargement with particular attention paid on the candidacy of Turkey, economic development and increasing the role of the EU in the world. The Netherlands also plans to start a debate with the Union's citizens and governments on how to advance European integration and cooperation and on common European values.

In its Memorandum to the Dutch Presidency, ILGA-Europe draws the attention of the Presidency to the areas affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people that can be progressed through concrete actions from July to December 2004. Issues raised include the future enlargement of the European Union to Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey; the ratification and implementation of the Constitution; the human rights agenda within the EU and in third countries; the development of the anti-discrimination and equality agenda through legislation and equality mainstreaming; the transposition of the directive on the definition of refugee; the social side of the Lisbon Agenda and the inclusion of LGBT concerns in the European Neighbourhood Policy. The Memorandum gives details of ILGA-Europe concerns and aims in these areas.

"ILGA-Europe welcomes the Presidency of a country which has been at the forefront of the protection of human rights for LGBT people. The Netherlands has been the first state in the world to recognise same-sex marriage, an issue which is a hot topic in several EU member states" said Ailsa Spindler, Executive director of ILGA-Europe.

For more information, please, contact:

Christine Loudes
Policy and Research Officer
+32-2 609 5414



ILGA-Europe
The European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association

avenue de Tervueren 94 - 1040 Brussels - Belgium - fax: +32-2 732 51 64 -

ILGA-Europe is a European NGO for national and local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups. ILGA-Europe works for human rights and against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination at European level.

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