List of actions - 2015-2019
Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity has no place in our society, but for many people in Europe, it is a daily reality. The European Commission is standing against discrimination, prejudice and hate, and for diversity.
The 2015 Eurobarometer on discrimination shows that almost 60% of EU citizens see discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as widespread.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) people continue to suffer from widespread discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes in the European Union. Although 71% of EU citizens agree that LGBTI people should have the same rights as heterosexual people, according to a study by the European Fundamental Rights Agency (2013), 47% of LGBTI people report to be discriminated or harassed in the year preceding the survey.
The European Commission published in December 2015 the List of Actions to Advance LGBTI Equality to move LGBTI equality forward. The Council adopted the first ever conclusions on LGBTI equality in June 2016 requiring the Commission to annually report on the implementation of the list of actions.
The first annual report, covering 2016, was presented during the High Level Ministerial Conference on LGBTIQ Mainstreaming organised by the Maltese Presidency in February 2017.
The second annual report, covering 2017, was presented at the occasion of the High Level Group on Non-Discrimination, Equality and Diversity on the 1st of March 2018, which is also the yearly "Zero Discrimination Day".
The third annual report, covering 2018 was presented at the occasion of the High Level Group on Non-Discrimination, Equality and Diversity on 20 March 2019.
The final report on the list of actions, covering 2019 and including reflections on the entire period of its implementation, was published on 15 May 2020 for the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (Sunday 17 May).