Logo of the High level conference on advancing LGBTI equality in the EU: from 2020 and beyond

Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics has no place in our society, but for many people in Europe, it is a daily reality. To combat the discrimination against LGBTI people the Commission presented the "List of Actions to advance LGBTI equality" in December 2015. The Council adopted the first ever conclusions on LGBTI equality in June 2016 endorsing the list of actions.

This year the list of actions is coming to its end and it is time to take stock of the achievements and discuss how to advance LGBTI equality in the years to come. To this end the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission will host on 23 and 24 September a high-level conference on:

     Advancing LGBTI equality in the EU: from 2020 and beyond.

The debates and discussions of the conference will inform future policies aiming at advancing LGBTI equality in the EU.

On the first day, Monday 23 September, a public High-Level conference will take place with speakers from Member States, the European Parliament, the Commission and international NGOs.

On the second day, Tuesday 24 September, a targeted stakeholder consultation will take place – by invitation only – open to a limited number of stakeholders.

Practical information

Monday 23 September 2019, 13.30 - Tuesday 24 September 2019, 15.30 (CEST)
European Commission – Charlemagne Building – Room Gasperi
Rue de la Loi 170
1000 Brussels



  • 13.30 - 18.00 (Europe/Brussels)

    Day 1: 23 September

    12:00-13.30 — Registration

    13.30-18:00 — Conference


    Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
    Thomas Blomqvist
    , Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality, Finland

    Keynote speeches on advancing LGBTI equality by Leo Varadkar, Prime minister of Ireland (TBC)

    Results from Eurobarometer on discrimination and acceptance of LGBTI people in the EU.

    High-level panel discussion: what challenges and discrimination do LGBTI people face in the EU?


    • Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister for Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands
    • Terry Reintke, Co-President of the LGBT Intergroup of  the European Parliament, Greens/EFA
    • Michael O´Flaherty, Director, Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)
    • Evelyne Paradis, Executive Director ILGA Europe
    • Teodora Roseti-Ion-Rotaru, ACCEPT Romania (NGO)
    • Dan Christian Ghattas, OII Europe

    High-level panel discussion: How can we advance LGBTI equality in the EU?

    • Helena Dalli, Minister for European Affairs and Equality, Malta (TBC)
    • Åsa Lindhagen, Minister for Gender Equality, Sweden (TBC)
    • MEP, Member of the European Parliament (TBC)
    • Violeta Tomić , European Left, General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people, Council of Europe (TBC)
    • Ari Kajtezovic, Transgender Europe and Trans Mreza Balkan
    • Slava Melnyk, Managing Director KPH (Campaign Against Homophobia) Poland

    Closing session : Keynote speech by

    Ulrike Lunacek. Former MEP, raporteur on the Roadmap against homophobia (TBC)

    18:00    — Cocktail reception for participants

  • 08.30 - 15.30

    Day 2: 24 September

    Targeted stakeholders consultation - by invitation only - for a limited number of participants

    Workshops on:

    - Hate crime and hate speech against LGBTI people
    - Intersectionality and multiple discrimination
    - Discrimination against transgender and intersex people
    - LGBTI human rights in enlargement, neighbourhood and third countries
    - Crossborder issues for LGBTI people and their families
    - The status of LGBTI civil society in the EU
    - Access to education, health and employment for LGBTI people
    - LGBTI asylum seekers