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Joint Statement Calling on Incoming EU Leadership to Prioritise Equality and Non-Discrimination


Brussels, 11 July 2024

Paving the Way for an Equality-Centred Policy Cycle

The European Union was founded on the principles of equality and non-discrimination. Yet too many people continue to face discrimination and inequality across the Union, including intersectional and multiple forms of discrimination in all aspects of their lives. In the current climate, it is now imperative that the EU institutions strengthen their resolve to take meaningful and urgent action to address this reality. 

As European Union leaders decide on their priorities for the 2024-2029 cycle, we call on them to ensure that equality and non-discrimination are included as central priorities in the EU work programme for the next five years. Only by centring equality and protection from discrimination in this way can the EU truly respond to the key concerns of people living in the Union. 

The equality and non-discrimination agenda was afforded increased visibility and action during the last five years as a result of the ambitious “Union of Equality” agenda and the appointment of the first Commissioner for Equality. This led to unprecedented progress in efforts to advance equality and non-discrimination across EU policy making. Progress included the adoption of important initiatives such as the Directive on violence against women, inaugural Gender Equality and LGBTIQ Equality Strategies, an Anti-Racism Action Plan, a Green Paper on Ageing, an Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion, a Strategy to strengthen the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the EU, as well as the renewal of the Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the EU Roma strategic framework. 

At this critical juncture, it is vital that the EU continue to prioritize efforts to guarantee the founding values of equality and non-discrimination, to advance the entire package which comprises the Union of Equality, and to ensure an intersectional approach to this agenda. Failure to do so would seriously jeopardise progress in this area and mark a very dangerous step backward.  

To this end we call on EU leadership to take the following steps:

  • Appoint a Commissioner for Equality and Fundamental Rights, ensuring the mandate has the power to renew and deepen the Union of Equality agenda and nominating a candidate with a demonstrated commitment to equality; 
  • Strengthen the Union of Equality agenda by introducing new strategies to address grounds not already covered, mainstreaming all strategies across policy areas and renewing and building-out existing equality strategies, such as the Gender Equality Strategy, LGBTIQ Equality Strategy, the EU Anti-Racism Action Plan, the Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion, the EU Strategy on the rights of persons with disabilities and the Roma strategic framework;
  • Ensure the next EU budget includes robust funding streams for civil society organisations working on equality and non-discrimination;
  • Ensure equality and non-discrimination objectives are also core components of EU priorities in the sphere of international cooperation, external and humanitarian action;
  • Maintain the current status of the Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and refrain from weakening its mandate;
  • Establish a Council configuration dedicated to equality in the EU and ensure concrete commitments towards implementation of equality strategies by member states;
  • Establish a new Directorate-General for Equality and Fundamental Rights thereby strengthening the Commission’s ability to design and monitor equality and non-discrimination laws and policies; 
  • Renew and upgrade the mandates of the Commission Coordinators working on equality, ensuring a focus on intersectionality during this term;
  • Entrust the Commission Task Force on Equality with a strong mandate and ensure it works transparently and in close consultation and cooperation with civil society organizations and networks. 

As 133 civil society organisations with significant expertise on equality, and as representatives of groups at increased risk of discrimination across the EU, we issue this call as a testament to our solidarity with each other, and urge EU leaders to ensure that the people most affected by EU policies and legislation on equality and non-discrimination are always involved in their development and implementation. 

  1. A Scuola Per Conoscerci, Italy
  2. ACCEPT Romania
  3. ACT Alliance EU 
  4. AESCO (América, España, Solidaridad y Cooperación) 
  5. AGE Platform Europe
  6. Agedo Nazionale, Italy
  7. Aidos (Italian Association for Women in Development)
  8. ALFI – Associazione Lesbica Femminista Italiana, Italy
  9. AlfiLune, Italy
  10. Amnesty International
  11. Amref Health Africa – Italy
  12. Anemos Dimiourgias – Greece
  13. ANTAMA (Greece)
  14. Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial Brussels 
  15. APRe! Associação de Aposentados, Pensionistas e Reformados (Portugal)
  16. ARCIGAY LGBTQIA+ Association, Italy
  17. ASKV Refugee Support
  18. Asociación de Investigación y Especialización sobre Temas Iberoamericanos – AIETI (Spain) 
  19. Asociación Por Ti Mujer 
  20. Association Bagdam Espace Lesbian – France
  21. Association Legebitra, Slovenia
  22. Association Liberas – Italy
  23. Association for Monitoring Equal Rights / Eşit Haklar İçin İzleme Derneği (Turkey)
  24. ASTRA Network 
  25. ATDAL Over 40 (Italy)
  26. Austrian Disability Council 
  27. Austrian Family Planning Association (OGF) 
  28. Autism-Europe 
  29. Avaaz
  30. Avocats Sans Frontières 
  31. Belgian Disability Forum (BDF)
  32. Brain Injured and families European Federation (BIF)
  33. çavaria, Belgium
  34. Center for Reproductive Rights
  35. Certi Diritti, Italy
  36. Circolo di Cultura Omosessuale ” Mario Mieli”, Italy
  37. Civil Rights Defenders
  38. COC Nederland
  39. Cologne Counselling – Germany
  40. Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO)
  41. Dachverband Lesben und Alter e.V. – Germany
  42. Danish Family Planning Association 
  43. Disabled Peoples’ International European Region (DPI Europe)
  44. Doctors of the World Spain
  45. EDGE, Italy
  46. EMAIZE Sexologia Zentroa – Centro Sexológico
  47. End FGM EU
  48. Epen, El Parto es Nuestro
  49. EuroCentralAsian Lesbian* Community (EL*C)
  50. European Blind Union (EBU)
  51. European Disability Forum
  52. European Dyslexia Association 
  53. European Federation of Hard of Hearing People
  54. European Network Against Racism (ENAR)
  55. European Roma Grassroots Organisations Network (ERGO Network)
  56. European Sex Workers’ Rights Alliance (ESWA)
  57. European Women’s Lobby
  58. Famiglie Arcobaleno APS, Italy
  59. Federación de Mujeres Progresistas
  60. Fédération Laïque de Centres de Planning Familial (FLCPF)
  61. Foundation for Women and Family Planning (FEDERA)
  62. French Family Planning / le Planning Familial 
  63. Fundación Aspacia
  64. GAMS Belgium (Groupe pour l’Abolition des Mutilations Sexuelles féminines)
  65. Gaynet – Formazione e Comunicazione sui temi Lgbti, Italy
  66. GenderLens, Italy
  67. General Commission for Justice and Peace of Spain
  68. GLAS Foundation, Bulgaria
  69. Haurralde Fundazioa 
  70. HelpAge International 
  71. HelpAge International Spain
  72. Human Rights Watch
  73. IGLYO
  74. ILGA-Europe
  75. Iniciatíva Inakosť, Slovakia
  76. International Commission of Jurists
  77. International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN)
  78. International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) 
  79. International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
  80. International Federation of Persons with Physical Disabilities (FIMITIC) 
  81. International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights
  82. International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN)
  83. IntersexEsiste, Italy
  84. Irish Family Planning Association
  85. Jovesólides 
  86. Kif Kif vzw
  87. KISA 
  88. Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation 
  89. La Coordinadora de Organizaciones para el Desarrollo (Spain)
  90. La Strada International
  91. Labrisz Lesbian Association – Hungary
  92. LesbenRing e.V. – Germany
  93. Lesbian Magazine and Program Organizing Association – Hungary
  94. Lesbian Organisation Rijeka – LORI – Croatia
  95. LesWorking – Spain
  96. LGBT komiteen – The LGBT Committee, Denmark
  97. Light for the World
  98. LSVD, the Lesbian and Gay Federation, Germany
  99. Malta Federation of Organisations Persons with Disability (MFOPD)
  100. Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement (MGRM)
  101. medicusmundi 
  102. Mujeres Jóvenes de la Región de Murcia: 8 de marzo (MUJOMUR)
  103. Mujeres Supervivientes de Sevilla
  104. NET.Collect – Germany
  105. Nőkért Egyesület / Association for Women, Hungary 
  106. Nothern Ireland Council for Racial Equality (NICRE)
  107. OII Europe
  108. Older Women’s Network
  109. PA.SY.D.Y. Pensioners Union (Cyprus)
  110. Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
  111. Polish Women’s Strike
  112. Possibile LGBTI+, Italy
  113. PRISME – Fédération wallonne LGBTQIA+, Belgium
  114. pro familia Bundesverband 
  115. Quaker Council for European Affairs
  116. Queer Base – Welcome & Support for LGBTIQ Refugees – Austria 
  117. Queer Sisterhood Cluj – Romania
  118. Rainbow Families Croatia
  119. Red de Mujeres Latinoamericanas y del Caribe – España
  120. RFSL, Sweden
  121. Rutgers
  122. Save the Children 
  123. SB Overseas
  124. SEDRA-Federación Planificación Familiar
  125. Sensoa
  126. Society for Education on Contraception and Sexuality – SECS 
  127. Stichting LOS, Netherlands
  128. Terre des Femmes
  129. TGEU – Transgender Europe
  130. Toutes des Femmes -France
  131. Women Against Violence Europe – WAVE Network
  132. Zavod Moja mavrica – Slovenia
  133. Zavod Transfeministična Iniciativa TransAkcija – Slovenia
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