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The 2008 Communication "Non-discrimination and equal opportunities: A renewed commitment" establishes a framework for the Commission to carry out different activities aiming to fight against discrimination on different grounds including sexual orientation.
Recent publications focused on LGBT:
- Discrimination against trans and intersex people on the grounds of sex, gender identity and gender expression. Report
- Public policies combating discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and how to overcome barriers - Tallin good practice exchange seminar - Report 2011
- Synthesis report 2010 situation of LGBT groups in the labour market in the EU
- Public policies combating discrimination against and promoting equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people (LGBT), The Hague good practice exchange seminar - Report 2010
More reports focused on the situation of LGBT across Europe have been published by the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO) and the European Network of Equality Bodies (EQUINET).
The European Commission has asked the Fundamental Rights Agency to collect data on homophobia and transphobia (experienced discrimination) in the Member States and Croatia. The results of the survey are expected around mid-2013.
The most recent Eurobarometer survey , carried out in the 27 EU Member States, Discrimination in the EU in 2012, revealed that
- 46 % of Europeans believe that discrimination based on sexual orientation is widespread in society
- 45 % of Europeans believe that discrimination based on gender identity (being transgender or transsexual) is widespread in society
Fair treatment is a basic right in the EU. It is illegal to discriminate on the grounds of a person's sexual orientation. Yet EU citizens are not fully aware that they are legally protected against discrimination. Since 2003, the EU has been supporting an information campaign "For diversity. Against discrimination " across Europe, to make more people aware of their rights and responsibilities.