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Parliamentary questions
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30 April 2015
Question for written answer E-007104-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marina Albiol Guzmán (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Rejection of the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union that legitimises anti-LGBT legislation
 Answer in writing 

The Court of Justice of the European Union has issued an opinion permitting Member States to ban men who have sex with men from giving blood. Although the Court recognises that, taken literally, ‘this might imply discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation’, it leaves it up to the Member States to decide whether or not to implement this discrimination. Does the Commission share the Court’s opinion?

Several countries in the European Union, including France, Germany and Belgium, are upholding bans on men who have sex with men from giving blood. Does the European Commission think this is in keeping with the principle of non-discrimination enshrined in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights, compliance with which is a requirement for membership of the Union?

European institutions have on various occasions been critical of third countries that have passed anti-LGBT legislation. Would they approve of such measures here?

Original language of question: ES 
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