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Parliamentary questions
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30 April 2015
E-006958-15
Question for written answer E-006958-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Josu Juaristi Abaunz (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Court of Justice ruling on blood donation by gay men
 Answer in writing 

On 29 April 2015, ruling in the case of Geoffrey Léger, who had contested a decision by Strasbourg Administrative Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) found that banning men who had had sexual relations with other men from giving blood could be justified. The CJEU left it to the French court to decide whether the relevant provisions of French law were proportional to the risk and whether sufficient scientific knowledge was available to justify such a ban. In so doing, it accepted the possibility that the permanent exclusion of a group of people on grounds of their sexual orientation could be lawful in an EU Member State.

In the light of Article 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (prohibiting ‘any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation’),

1. What is the Commission’s view of the Court’s ruling?

2. How can it be ensured that there will be no discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in the EU?

3. How does the Commission view the fact that some Member States continue to ban gay men from giving blood?

Original language of question: ES 
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