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23 April 2007
PE 389.436v01-00
to wind up the debate on statements by the Council and Commission
pursuant to Rule 103(2) of the Rules of Procedure
by Roberta Angelilli
on behalf of the UEN Group
on homophobia in Europe

European Parliament resolution on homophobia in Europe 

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the term 'homophobia' as defined in encyclopaedias, i.e. 'an irrational fear of or contempt for homosexuality or homosexuals',

–  having regard to Rule 103(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the principle of non-discrimination is enshrined in the Treaties and is therefore recognised by all Member States, as stated in Article 6 of the Treaty on European Union: 'the Union is founded on the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law, principles which are common to the Member States', and 'the Union shall respect fundamental rights',

B.  whereas EU policies defend and promote these principles and the principle of non-discrimination,

C.  whereas EU Member States are democracies provided with appropriate legal instruments to deal with law infringements and failure to respect fundamental rights as defined in the Treaties and in their national Constitutions,

1.  Considers it essential to respect, at European level as well as at national level, fundamental rights and the principle of non-discrimination in the political, cultural and social fields;

2.  Maintains that EU democracies fully respect human rights and have in place appropriate legal instruments which must be appreciated and that according to the principle of subsidiarity the Union should take action only to the extent that Member States are unable to carry out the proposed action or attain the proposed objective;

3.  Considers that an appropriate non-discrimination policy should not lead to exaggerated measures or cases of intolerance, since they could aggravate any discriminatory and inappropriate attitude towards homosexuality;

4.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the Parliaments and Governments of the Member States.

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